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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 024: Drone Clear: Easy and Effective with Clay Regan

    Episode 024: Drone Clear: Easy and Effective with Clay Regan

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Clay Regan to today’s episode. Clay is a police Lieutenant (Lt.), UAS/Drone Innovator, and a Mental Health Professional.
    In this episode, Clay talks about his extensive career in the drone field, the Public Safety Unmanned Response Teams, and the most remarkable missions flying drones. He also shares what Drone Clear is and how it is changing and improving law enforcement missions.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:12] Clay Regan introduces himself.
    [2:25] Clay talks about the Public Safety Unmanned Response Teams.
    [2:37] What was Clay’s first time using the Public Safety Unmanned Response Teams?
    [3:24] When he started working for the Texas Police Department, did Clay know in advance he was going to be starting a UAS program there?
    [4:21] Clay talks about the most interesting thing he got to do in the department he is in now.
    [5:10] Clay speaks about the support mission in Missouri City after the strike of hurricane Harvey.
    [7:32] Clay explains how he started his existing drone program and what kind of aircraft they are flying.
    [8:18] Does Clay have two separate teams between police and fire? Do they have any joint training?
    [8:50] What are the types of missions that Clay sees on a regular basis?
    [10:18] What is the most significant incident that Clay has participated in with his drone program?
    [12:00] Clay explains how when he got to the Texas Department there was already an interest in the UAS program.
    [13:25] How did Clay and his program use the drones for vaccination monitoring?
    [15:46] What would Clay do today if he didn’t have the drones?
    [16:21] Clay shares what he has been doing in the field of internal flights.
    [17:10] What is Drone Clear?
    [19:17] Clay shares an experience using Drone Clear.
    [20:12] Drone Clear could be extended to other areas beyond law enforcement.
    [21:52] Clay shares his plans to develop Drone Clear as much as he can in order to later share it.
    [22:00] Is there a cost associated with Drone Clear?
    [22:45] Clay talks about the possibility of scaling Drone Clear based on the existing resources.
    [24:54] Charles talks about the three main benefits coming from drones.
     
    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
     

    • 27 min
    Episode 023: Drone Photography Is Protected by the First Amend

    Episode 023: Drone Photography Is Protected by the First Amend

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes you to another episode where he is diving deep into the legal issues and decisions that have been made inTexas and for that, he is accompanied by Mickey H. Osterreicher who is the general counsel at the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and was very much engaged in the events happening in Texas on March 22nd, 2022, when a federal judge overturned the state of Texas’ stringent drone restrictions, holding that it was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:34] Mickey talks about what is happening in Texas that caused new legislation to be created.
    [4:42] Mickey shares the judge's sentence.
    [8:23] Was there any particular incident that caused this problem in Texas?
    [10:36] Mickey talks about the other places that experienced the same problem that happened in Texas.
    [16:18] Often police officers have no idea about the laws in regards to drones.
    [18:10] Mickey states: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
    [19:08] Learn more about the FAA offers the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP).
    [19:58] Mickey shares a relevant case in Michigan.
    [22:29] Mickey talks about California versus Ciraolo, a case decided by the United States Supreme Court, in which it ruled that warrantless aerial observation of a person's backyard did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
    [24:47] There are many differences between man and unmanned aircraft, and these distinctions impact a landowner’s reasonable expectation of privacy in different ways.
    [28:25] Mickey shares how drones are being used in Ukraine at the moment.
    [30:04] Sometimes people do not understand that the FAA is the authority over the air space.
    [33:13] Mickey and Charles talk about drone delivery.
     
    ‘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
     
    Email Charles at charles@droneresponders.org
     

    • 36 min
    Episode 022: Drones Saving Lives, Time, and Money with Mark Bathrick

    Episode 022: Drones Saving Lives, Time, and Money with Mark Bathrick

    Charles Werner, your host, is joined by Mark Bathrick to today’s episode. Mark is a retired Department of the Interior Aviation Services Director, he and Charles look back to the programs he worked on since he was involved in the development of the Unmanned Aircraft System Fleet and DOI which had a great impact on the Public Safety field.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:25] Mark shares a bit about his background and how he got to work at the Department of Interior.
    [3:12] Mark talks about his motivation to get involved in drones and DOI.
    [4:27] Mark shares the challenges he faced trying to introduce the use of drones at DOI.
    [6:02] Mark explains how he convinced others of the amazing benefits of using drones.
    [7:52] Mark speaks about the migration process to a totally new idea of leadership.
    [10:06] Mark talks about the origins of the immersion of drones at DOI.
    [11:25] Mark shares how they achieved across-the-board successes.
    [12:46] At DOI they needed to change the course and go in a different direction than the original, Mark explains this process.
    [15:07] Using drones not only saves lives but also time and money.
    [15:36] With drones you can do so much with so little!
    [16:53] Mark talks about the four aspects that really define their program.
    [18:26] Mark talks about the change in the acceptance of drones during the robust hurricane season of 2016.
    [22:40] Mark shares about missions with drones in wildfire situations.
    [28:40] Mark speaks about the experience for his people to start using drones during hurricane season.
    [33:22] Mark shares what he would have done if he still worked for DOI.
    [35:03] Mark talks about the support he got from the FAA.
    [38:30] The biggest challenge is data, drones are collecting more data than it can be analyzed.
    [41:00] What are the future opportunities on the horizon for drones in Public Safety?
    [44:10] How can the analysis of data collected by drones be improved?
    [48:35] Mark shares what is on the horizon for him, now that he is retired.
    [50:32] Charles invites Mark to become one of the board of advisors for Drone Responders.
    [51:19] Mark shares his advice to people thinking about starting a drone program.
     
    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
    DOI UAS Fleet. U.S. Department of the Interior
     
     

    • 54 min
    Episode 021: Drones: A World-Changing Technology with Blake Resnick

    Episode 021: Drones: A World-Changing Technology with Blake Resnick

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Blake Resnick, CEO of BRINC Drones, to today’s episode, to talk about the background and the history of BRINC Drones and its bond with public safety operations.
    Blake Resnick has raised over $27 million from an impressive roster of investors including Index Ventures, Sam Altman, Figma's Dylan Field, and Scale AI's Alexandr Wangn to make BRINC Drones a reality. Blake aims to change the way the police and rescue teams operate during emergencies and, in this episode, he shares his journey from his first cold call to working along with the busiest SWAT team.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:12] Blake talks about himself, the man behind BRINC Drones.
    [2:47] What was the catalyst that made Blake become interested in drones?
    [5:15] After the Las Vegas shooting Blake started to explore the use of technology in these kinds of scenarios.
    [6:15] Blake shares examples of how technology has been contributing to saving lives.
    [6:35] How was Blake’s first conversation with someone in public safety and law enforcement to start exploring how technology can be used in that field?
    [10:36] What was Blake’s next step after having the prototype?
    [14:03] Blake shares about the second time he tried his prototypes and how he started to be on-call to work along with the busiest SWAT teams.
    [16:29] Blake talks about the first incident that he went on.
    [18:27] Blake shares the most exciting of his first times working with the SWAT team.
    [24:47] Blake shares how a partnership was developed between the SWAT team and himself.
    [25:29] What happens now about the continuous evolution of BRINC Drones?
    [27:40] Blake talks about how BRINC Drones are progressing.
    [29:55] Blake is making drones to be as easy as possible to use.
    [31:35] BRINC Drones has an extremely close relationship with customers in order to know the improvements that need to take place.
    [33:00] BRINC Drones is a US company on a Chinese dominated market.
    [33:49] It is a drone, it is a camera and it is a phone!
    [35:32] Listening is just as important as seeing when using drones.
    [38:26] Blake talks about his team, which he is greatly proud of.
    [40:20] What is next for BRINC Drones?
    [42:12] Blake talks about DJI M300.
    [43:44] Blake speaks about his contribution in the incident where a Surfside condominium collapsed in Miami.
    [51:08] Blake shares why the mission on the Surfside condominium collapse was special to him.
    [51:47] How was that experience for the pilots?
    [53:23] Blake talks about the idea of building a BRINC response team.
    [54:33] Blake talks to the safety public agencies that are thinking of buying BRINC drones.
    [57:10] BRINC drones are the only ones that have a glass
    breaking capability.
     
    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
     

    • 59 min
    Episode 020: Drones Are Lifesavers and Force Multiplayers with Rick Smith

    Episode 020: Drones Are Lifesavers and Force Multiplayers with Rick Smith

    Charles Werner, your host, welcomes Rick Smith to today’s episode. He’s a retired Police Sergeant from the Antioch Police Department, who has helped them start their own drone program and has been widely involved in implementing Drone Programs on the West Coast and the rest of the country.
    In today’s episode, Rick expands on the amazing benefits of including drones in public safety operations, giving great examples of how they improved the efficacy and safety of the Antioch Police Department’s missions.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:22] Rick shares how he got into the career of Law Enforcement.
    [2:54] How did Rick get involved with drones in the Antioch Police Department?
    [4:21] What was the a-ha moment for the department?
    [5:21] What were the steps that Rick went through to open his program beyond what the original response was?
    [8:13] Rick shares on Alarm Calls about in-progress crimes where drones were involved.
    [9:47] Rick shares an example.
    [11:03] Charles shares three aspects in which drones are important: ensuring safety (of the responder and the citizens), improving operational effectiveness, and giving real-time situational awareness.
    [13:40] Drones help to de-escalate situations.
    [14:07] Rick shares another example.
    [15:16] Has Rick ever had a situation when the suspect realizes a drone is following and gives up as a result?
    [16:51] Rick talks about the benefits of live streaming.
    [19:24] Rick shares insight on flight by sharing the details of an operation.
    [22:19] What drones does Rick fly insight?
    [26:19] What do they use as a streaming solution at the Antioch Police Department?
    [29:58] Rick talks about how people from other departments start to reach out to him.
    [30:34] Rick speaks about his work training other disciplines.
    [33:08] Different disciplines are working and cooperating to develop Drone Programs.
    [37:50] Rick spends time every day returning messages from people all over the West Coast.
    [39:09] What are the steps to move forward and introduce a Drone Program in the right way?
    [40:50] Rick shares valuable advice for anyone starting a Drone Program.
    [46:08] Rick shares the most important takeaway from his years involved in Drone Programs.
     
    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
     
    Learn more about Rick’s work at the Antioch Police Department

    • 48 min
    Episode 019: Drones in Law Enforcement with John Beal

    Episode 019: Drones in Law Enforcement with John Beal

    Charles Werner, your host, is pleased to welcome John Beal from the Law Enforcement Drone Association. John talks about his professional career and his immersion in the world of drones in the field of law enforcement. Listen to this episode to hear everything about the work the Law Enforcement Drone Association is doing and their promising plans for the near future.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:03] John shares his professional journey.
    [2:36] What led John to his interest in unmanned aircraft systems?
    [5:04] John talks about how they assessed the issue of privacy.
    [8:10] What did the general force think about the idea of introducing drones in their operations?
    [10:09] Has the perspective on drones changed today?
    [11:45] Drones have become a game-changer.
    [13:02] Charles talks about the three functions drones have: enhancing safety, improving operational effectiveness, and getting real-time situational awareness.
    [13:34] John talks about streaming.
    [14:11] John shares an example of a hostage situation.
    [15:50] John talks about indoor flights.
    [17:45] John expands on the process of using the Tactical Visual Line of Sight.
    [19:54] What drew John to develop The Law Enforcement Drone Association?
    [24:50] What about other public safety agencies that might have law enforcement duties, do they fit into the LEDA?
    [27:02] In their meetings does John address the issue of how to be able to provide several services beyond the LEDA discipline?
    [29:18] John shares his thoughts about the future of drones in law enforcement.
    [33:28] What does John want to see in the upcoming drone technology?
    [37:05] John talks about how LEDA memberships work.
     
    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
     
    Law Enforcement Drone Association
    If you have any questions contact LEDA at info@ledauas.com
     
    Get your agency on the map by sending an email to dashboard@droneresponders.org
     

    • 40 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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