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second annual celebration of

technology and public safety

February 28-March 2, 2018 / Burnet / Texas

 
 

when disaster strikes

With one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in recent history behind us, UAVs proved to be an integral part of the rescue and recovery efforts throughout the South. The 2nd annual Skyfire Conference, powered by SkyFire Consulting, will bring together experts in drones, thermal imaging, public safety UAV operations, lawmakers, and public safety professionals to provide training on the latest UAV technology and explore lessons learned from early adopters throughout 2017. 


Public safety professionals will get hands-on and classroom training in techniques such as thermal imaging, best on-scene practices, data streaming, integrating UAVs into the Incident Command System structure, 3D mapping and accident scene recreation, and much more.
 

 
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Save the Date

February 28-March 2, 2018

 
 

topics

Skyfire Conference 2018 is packed with classroom and practical training. Three full days covering three tactical units, with general sessions, group lunches, unit-building activities, and networking with the best minds in Public Safety UAV. Everything a public safety drone unit needs to succeed.

schedule

 
 

February 26

* Public Safety UAV 101 Day One

February 27

* Public Safety UAV 101 Day Two
* Conference attendees arrive
* Meet & Greet

 

February 28

MORNING SESSION (Hotel)
* Registration
* Opening Keynote and Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey
* General Session: Starting a UAV Program with Grant Money

LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION (Hotel)
* Unit One Classroom: Night Flight Operations and Understanding and Implementing Thermography

Topics Covered: Understanding and implementing thermography, Risks of UAS night operations, UAS night operations best practices

SHUTTLE TO RANCH

EVENING ACTIVITY (Reveille Peak Ranch)
* Unit One Tactical: 
Night Flight Operations and Understanding and Implementing Thermography
* Flying at Twilight: Obstacles and risks
* Search and Rescue Night Operations
* Controlled burn: 
Understanding and implementing thermography, and Identifying hot spots

Catered Dinner, Bonfire, and Dynamic Networking Event

march 1

MORNING SESSION (Hotel)
* General Session: Understanding Certificates of Authorization (COA) and regulatory frameworks
* Unit Two Classroom: Your Drone Unit, Your Equipment, and Preparation

Topics Covered: The ideal drone program, Selecting proper equipment, Equipping your rig, Crew assignments and responsibilities

LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION (Hotel)
* Unit Two Classroom: Your Drone Unit, Your Equipment, and Preparation

Topics Covered: Assessing the call and needs, se studies

SHUTTLE TO RANCH

* Unit Two Tactical: Your Drone Unit, Your Equipment, and Preparation
* Real-World Unit Drills
* Managing Distractions
* Daytime Thermography
* Indoor Surveillance and Scene Size-Up

DINNER

march 2

MORNING SESSION (Hotel)
* Closing Keynote: Future of UAVs in Public Safety
* Unit Three Classroom: Sizing up the Scene, and Accident Recreation

Topics Covered: Managing on-scene distractions, Understanding Pix4d, Scene size-up flight theory

LUNCH AND SHUTTLE TO RANCH

AFTERNOON SESSION (Reveille Peak Ranch)
* Unit Three Tactical: Sizing up the Scene, and Accident Recreation
* Bringing it all Together
* Real-World Unit Drills
* Managing Distractions

DINNER

 

topics and speaker profiles coming soon!

*Schedule and topics subject to change.

 

Accomodations

Flight exercises will be held at Reveille Peak Ranch, a 1,300-acre outdoor event, adventure, and education center just outside of Burnet, TX, less than an hour from Austin. Hotel accommodations will be at Canyon of the Eagles Resort just a few minutes from Reveille Peak Ranch. Free shuttles will be available everyday between the resort and flight location.

canyon of the eagles resort

16942 Ranch Road 2341
Burnet, Texas

 

Room block for just $100/night with code 02504

 
 

our partners

 

 
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What to expect

Everything you need to know for a safe, effective & legal in-house UAV program.

 

Public safety professionals will get hands-on and classroom training in techniques such as thermal imaging, best on-scene practices, data streaming, integrating UAVs into the Incident Command System structure, 3D mapping and accident scene recreation, and much more!

Additional options include a 2-day UAV 101 training course preceding the conference, which will allow your department to self-certify with confidence. 2-day UAV training course comes with a 1 hour consult with an FAA expert and a Blanket COA filed on behalf of the agency.

Download Letter of Justification here