Public safety is a global problem, and drones are a global solution. In news that is significant and inspiring, the U.S.-based DRONERESPONDERS, a part of non-profit organization AIRT, has announced the creation of an international council in which more than 30 countries will collaborate to develop life saving drone programs.
DRONERESPONDERS is an organization dedicated to providing public service professionals with the resources, education, and collaboration opportunities that they need to be successful with developing drone programs. Drones are a significant tool for public safety, providing life saving benefits for both public safety professionals and the communities that they serve.
Gemma Alcock, drone industry leader and the 2018 “Woman to Watch in UAS” is a subject matter expert in using drones for search and rescue operations, and the founder of U.K.-based Skybound Rescuer. As part of the announcement, Director Charles Warner announced that Alcock will join the DRONERESPONDERS advisory board.
DRONERESPONDERS Establishes International Advisory Council to Strengthen Global Public Safety UAS Interoperability
Members representing more than 30 countries will work together to devise plan to help expand the global use of drones for good
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND. – The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, the world’s fastest growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS, today announced the creation of the DRONERESPONDERS International Advisory Council (DIAC) to serve the rapidly expanding constituency of international members joining the DRONERESPONDERS movement.
DRONERESPONDERS Director Charles Werner announced the formation of DIAC while speaking to an audience of international public safety professionals at The Emergency Services Show underway at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull, England.
“We were amazed to watch the strong momentum of DRONERESPONDERS accelerate beyond the U.S. and start spreading across borders,” said Werner. “These new members represent a truly diverse and potentially unique set of public safety UAS operations from across the planet.”
Werner says the primary mission of the DIAC will be to help formalize the plan for how DRONERESPONDERS can best serve members representing a wide spectrum of regions, languages, and cultural traits, with the ultimate goal of building bridges facilitating information sharing and interoperability across borders. The organization is presently holding conversations with various international members who have expressed interest in serving in a leadership capacity for the organization.
“There are some incredibly talented leaders who have expressed interest in helping us expand DRONERESPONDERS internationally,” said Werner. “They each come with slightly different nuisances for achieving the same objective; helping to promote emergency services use of drones for good.”
During his presentation, Werner also announced the appointment of Gemma Alcock, Founder and CEO of UK-based SkyBound Rescuer, to the DRONERESPONDERS Advisory Board. Alcock is an award-winning innovator and respected through-leader in the use of drones for public safety who in 2018 was named the “Woman to Watch is UAS.”
“I am honored and excited to serve on the DRONERESPONDERS Board of Advisors,” said Alcock. “I look forward to collaborative opportunities from within the United Kingdom and beyond.
About DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance
DRONERESPONDERS is the world’s fastest growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS. The DRONERESPONDERS non-profit mission is to facilitate preparedness, response and resilience using unmanned aircraft systems and related technologies operated by public safety, emergency management, and non-governmental volunteer organizations around the world. The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit operating program of AIRT, Inc. For more information on DRONERESPONDERS, please visit: http://droneresponders.org
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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