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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

* Shuttle to Ranch
* Registration

* UNDERSTANDING COAs AND THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK:
Ben Kroll - COO/Chief Pilot, Skyfire Consulting
* YOUR DRONE, YOUR EQUIPMENT, BEING PREPARED:
Matt Sloane - CEO, Skyfire Consulting
* SELECTING THE PROPER EQUIPMENT FOR THE JOB:
Jeff Kleven -  Battalion Chief, Fremont Fire, CA
Mike Pruitt - Captain, Wayne Township Fire, IN

* HOW THE FDNY BUILT A DRONE PROGRAM:
Tim Herlocker - FDNY Operations (Ret)

LUNCH

PANEL DISCUSSION - TETHERED DRONES IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
Tim Herlocker, Rob Topping, Matt Sloane
* PRACTICAL TRAINING - NIST COURSE:
Water Balloon bombing range
* PRINCIPLES OF ACCIDENT SCENE RE-CONSTRUCTION:
Michael Darrow - Trooper, Michigan State Patrol Aviation Division
* PRACTICAL TRAINING - ACCIDENT SCENE RE-CONSTRUCTION:
Michael Darrow - Trooper, Michigan State Patrol Aviation Division
 

CATERED DINNER, BONFIRE, AND NETWORKING

march 1

* Shuttle to Ranch

* LESSONS LEARNED FROM HURRICANE HARVEY:
Coitt Kessler - Program Manager,
Austin Fire Department RED Team

* WHERE INDUSTRY MEETS PUBLIC SAFETY - UAVs IN DISASTER RESPONSE:
Jon Wickersham - Emergency Response Program, Colonial Pipeline
* ENTERPRISE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SOLUTIONS:
Jeffrey Schweitzer - Chief Innovation Architect, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
* PANEL DISCUSSION - UAVs IN DISASTER RESPONSE:
Coitt Kessler, Jon Wickersham, Jeff Schweitzer

LUNCH

* PRINCIPLES OF DRONE SAR:
Gene Robinson and Jon Buell - DronePilot
* PRACTICAL TRAINING - DRONE SAR:
Gene Robinson and Jon Buell - DronePilot
* PRINCIPLES OF UAVs IN FIRE BEHAVIOR:
Brett Ries - Engineer, Cobb County Fire

DINNER

*PRACTICAL TRAINING - NIGHT FLYING

march 2

* Shuttle to Ranch

* ADVANCES IN UAV SOFTWARE
* THE FUTURE OF WILDFIRE MAPPING:
Nishanth Goli and Casey Calamaio - Research Engineers,
Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center at the University of Alabama Huntsville

* SMART FIREFIGHTING NETWORK: 
Mike Mocerino. - Director of Robotics, WS Darley
CLOSING KEYNOTE - THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SAFETY UAVs

 
 

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.

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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