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Join DRONERESPONDERS Director Charles Werner as he explores how public safety professionals are using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to help save lives and protect property. Learn about the latest drone use cases, evolving FAA regulations, and proven strategies that first responders are using to maximize their flight operations. Listen to how law enforcement and fire rescue remote pilots are using drones to help make a difference each day in their communities!

DRONERESPONDER‪S‬ Charles Werner

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Join DRONERESPONDERS Director Charles Werner as he explores how public safety professionals are using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to help save lives and protect property. Learn about the latest drone use cases, evolving FAA regulations, and proven strategies that first responders are using to maximize their flight operations. Listen to how law enforcement and fire rescue remote pilots are using drones to help make a difference each day in their communities!

    Episode 016: The Future of Public Safety Drones with Romeo Durscher

    Episode 016: The Future of Public Safety Drones with Romeo Durscher

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Romeo Durscher to today’s episode. He is the first recipient of the Public Safety Drone Leadership Award. Romeo is one of the drone industry’s top executives and a highly experienced leader in aerospace and unmanned aerial systems. Romeo joined Auterion from DJI, where he held the role of Senior Director of Public Safety Integration. During Romeo’s six years at DJI he built the Public Safety vertical and through his leadership and drive to bring new technologies to emergency services, he has become a well-known and respected thought leader in the space. Prior to joining DJI, Romeo spent twelve years working on NASA’s Heliophysics Mission Solar Dynamics Observatory at Stanford University. Romeo was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Drone Industry by the Commercial UAV organization and one of 7 visionaries in Public Safety.
    In this episode, Charles and Romeo take a forward look at where things are heading in the drone industry and they discuss Romeo’s role in the future of public safety in drones.
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:30] The silver lining brought by COVID-19.
    [3:41] Romeo talks about his current role.
    [6:30] Romeo shares his experiences once being out from under the DJI umbrella.
    [6:50] Romeo talks about the use of multiple platforms.
    [8:40] A true end-to-end data integration.
    [10:08] Where is the signal from the drone going with this new technology?
    [12:01] Romeo explains how a drone’s workflow can be streamlined.
    [12:42] Romeo explains how the security aspect is assed.
    [14:35] Romeo shares about the exciting advancement of having an open standard that works in all different aircraft.
    [17:00] All the data collected internally by the aircraft can be checked to ease predictive maintenance.
    [19:49] Are payloads applicable in this scenario?
    [23:10] There is a whole new opportunity to help ease integration among platforms, but it will require an investment in education.
    [25:46] Redefining how drones are deployed.
    [27:30] Romeo talks about the necessary steps to move forward into this new mindset and technology.
    [30:01] Changing the way we utilize drones in an incident.
    [31:09] Romeo emphasizes the important role that technology can play in facilitating teamwork.
    [33:45] Romeo gives an example of how the workflow would look like in a specific scenario.
    [37:32] Romeo explains why the SD card is not a good solution for public safety.
    [38:24] What has been the reception like from drone manufacturers?
    [40:46] The future holds a much wider diversity of choices in the drone field.
    [41:50] Romeo shares how the tremendous amount of crossovers are influencing the evolution of drone technology.
    [43:55] Another benefit of the open-source community is the possibility to respond to any particular need that might arise in the market.
    [46:26] Manufacturers have shown a great interest in the solutions Romeo and his team have been working on.
    [48:03] Romeo talks about his point of view in regards to the involvement of DJI in these new technologies.
    [49:14] Romeo shares what he predicts will happen in the drone industry in 2021.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Airborne International Response Team
    AIRT is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good and Public Safety UAS
    Become a member of Drone Responders for free.
    AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS 2020 Drones in Public Safety Survey
    Drone Responders Events
     

    • 55 min
    Episode 015: Using Drones in Emergency Situations in the UK with Lee Newman and Simon Stretch

    Episode 015: Using Drones in Emergency Situations in the UK with Lee Newman and Simon Stretch

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes you to a new edition of the DRONE RESPONDERS podcast series. In today’s episode, he is accompanied by Lee Newman and Simon Stretch who share their experience using drones for good at the London Fire Brigade.
    Lee Newman is a Station Officer in the London Fire Brigade and has served 22 years in an operational role. Lee is currently based at the brigade headquarters working in the Operational Assurance and Policy Team. Lee became project manager for the drone trials in 2017 after seeing drone technology being used at Grenfell by the Kent Fire Brigade. He assumed the role of Drone Project Lead for the London Fire Brigade and is now responsible for its growth and expansion. Lee has used the LFB drones on hundreds of occasions to survey fire incidents alongside showcasing the technology and its capability across the London Fire brigade. Lee is also looking into how 4D mapping of buildings and AR and VR can be used to train new firefighters.
    Simon Stretch has been a serving firefighter for the past 20 years. Simon is also a CAA qualified drone pilot, currently based at the London Fire Brigades HQ in South London. Simon co-leads the newly established drone team and has been integral in mobilizing and establishing drone operators with the London Fire Brigade. Simon’s passion for drones started out when he was a young boy and a family business sparked his interest in helicopters. He obtained his own drone in 2010 and has since helped the LFB establish their governance and expand their drone fleet across the London Fire Brigade.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:13] Lee shares how he started into drones.
    [2:10] Simon Stretch talks about how he became involved with drones.
    [2:44] Simon shares how drones intervened in a terrible fire situation.
    [5:08] How was the reception of drones at the London Fire Brigade?
    [7:52] What are regulations like in the UK in regards to flying a drone in emergency situations?
    [9:03] What is the Emergency Service Exemption about in the UK?
    [10:40] Simon and Lee talk about the type of aircraft they are currently using.
    [13:01] Simon and Lee talk about the drones they use most frequently.
    [15:30] Simon and Lee share about the initial challenges they encountered while starting the program.
    [18:09] Simon and Lee talk about specific incidents where drones made a difference with their intervention.
    [22:40] Using drones for HAZMAT incidents in the UK.
    [24:38] Simon and Lee talk about indoor flights.
    [26:26] What are the potential benefits of using artificial intelligence?
    [29:08] Swarm technology in the UK.
    [29:51] Simon and Lee talk about the situation in regards to drones as first responders in the UK.
    [31:40] COVID 19 has opened the eyes of the general public about the benefits of using drones.
    [33:05] Simon and Lee share the projections for the immediate future for drones in the UK.
    [35:37] The benefits of 3D mapping.
    [36:56] LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and the benefits for mapping.
    [38:15] Lees and Simon talk to other departments that are not yet using drones in their programs.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Airborne International Response Team
    Presented by AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation with additional support from FIRSTiZ and Pix4D
    AIRT is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good and Public Safety UAS
    Become a member of Drone Responders for free.
    AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS 2020 Drones in Public Safety Survey
    Drone Responders Events
    London Fire Brigade

    • 40 min
    Episode 014: Women Leading Public Safety Unmanned Response Teams with Katie Thielmeyer and Susan Minne

    Episode 014: Women Leading Public Safety Unmanned Response Teams with Katie Thielmeyer and Susan Minne

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Katie Thielmeyer and Susan Minne to today’s episode. Katie and Susan have been involved in the world of public safety for several years as two of the pioneers in the field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. They share in this episode how they started in this field, the challenges and opportunities they encountered, their most memorable experiences, and what they see in the future for drones working for the well being of communities all over the USA. Katie and Susan also talk about their efforts and undivided commitment to public safety and encourage other women to dive into the field of unmanned aircraft systems.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:22] Katie shares about her background and how she got involved in the world of unmanned aircraft systems.
    [3:27] Susan talks about her current role and how she got there.
    [5:26] Katie shares how she got involved with NIST.
    [9:03] Katie talks about the challenges the test line presents even to experienced drone pilots.
    [11:16] Virtual reality as the first step before flying a drone.
    [12:11] Susan talks about her involvement in the Texas Department of Public Safety.
    [13:54] Susan shares her thoughts about the different programs currently available.
    [15:37] Susan talks about some of her most memorable experiences with the public safety unmanned aircraft systems.
    [17:45] Katie shares how she transitioned to the role she has today.
    [19:03] Katie shares her most memorable experience with unmanned aircraft systems.
    [23:01] Katie shares an experience in a HAZMAT scene.
    [24:30] How is the training going across disciplines?
    [25:06] Susan talks about the shift in community acceptance and engagement with drones.
    [26:55] When you are flying a drone you are a role model 100% of the time.
    [27:24] Katie talks about the challenges she encountered when she started getting involved with drones.
    [32:01] Susan shares her experience being a woman in the public safety environment.
    [33:50] Katie shares how it feels to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft systems.
    [36:35] Susan describes how her teenage daughters perceive her work in Public Safety.
    [37:39] Susan and Katie share their vision for the future of unmanned aircraft systems.
    [42:41] Katie talks about the Tactical Waiver.
    [43:42] Susan shares how the Tactical Waiver is working in Texas.
    [44:33] Katie shares her knowledge about indoor training.
    [46:17] Katie and Susan talk to other women that haven't yet heard about drones.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Airborne International Response Team
    Presented by AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation with additional support from FIRSTiZ and Pix4D
    AIRT is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good and Public Safety UAS
    Become a member of Drone Responders for free.
    AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS 2020 Drones in Public Safety Survey
    Drone Responders Events

    • 51 min
    Episode 013: The Evolution of Drones: Origins, Present, and What the Future Holds for Unmanned Aircraft Systems with Romeo Durscher and Christopher Todd

    Episode 013: The Evolution of Drones: Origins, Present, and What the Future Holds for Unmanned Aircraft Systems with Romeo Durscher and Christopher Todd

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Romeo Durscher and Christopher Todd to talk about the history of drones in public safety and emergency management, specially now that Romeo has decided to retire from his role at DJI after an amazing contribution to the field of drones. Charles, Chris, and Romeo talk thoughtfully about the opportunities, possibilities, and challenges in the implementation and use of unmanned aircraft systems for disaster response.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 012: Drones: The Eyes of Public Safety Officers with Capt. Michael Lighthiser and Sargent Kevin Zodrow

    Episode 012: Drones: The Eyes of Public Safety Officers with Capt. Michael Lighthiser and Sargent Kevin Zodrow

    Kevin Zodrow is a Sergeant with the Leesburg Police Department and currently serving in the Personnel & Training division focusing on talent development, recruiting background investigations, and agency-wide training. He is a Chief Remote Pilot in Command of the UAS Unit and previously served as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) and former Team Leader of the department’s Emergency Response Team — Tactical Element.

    • 46 min
    Episode 011: A Review on the Global Public Safety US Event with AUVSI Xponential with Chris Todd

    Episode 011: A Review on the Global Public Safety US Event with AUVSI Xponential with Chris Todd

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Chris Todd to today’s episode. Chris is the executive director of the Airborn International Response Team (AIRT) which is the host and home base of DRONE RESPONDERS. In this episode, Charles and Chris take a look back at the Global Public Safety US Event co-allocated event with AUVSI Xponential, sharing the highlights of the largest public safety event in the world, which was held virtually this year and brought together people from all over the world.

    • 52 min

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When it comes to public safety and technology, there is no better source to turn to than Chief (ret) Charles Werner. Chief Werner is one of the leading mentors in the fire service, especially when we talk about technology.
Early on, the Chief saw a future for the use of drones in the fire service in particular, as well as in all public safety.
His research and outreach brought many public safety drone users and united them into a nonprofit agency, DroneResponders.com.
If you’re using drones in your public safety organization, this is the podcast to listen to!

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