While presenting a situational awareness program for the Fireman’s Association of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, one of the participants was Ron Warren. Ron is the founder and Department Chief of North Central PA Unmanned Emergency Services. He is a full-time state law enforcement officer and a veteran of the US Army, where he served two combat tours in Afghanistan. Prior to becoming a police officer in 2015, he was a civilian and military flight paramedic. He has been involved in emergency services since 1994.
The use of unmanned and remote technology in support of public safety is quickly gaining traction as a situational awareness enhancer. Incident commanders can gain a comprehensive on-scene perspective that has not been readily available in the past, leading to more informed decision-making and ultimately, enhanced safety and effectiveness of personnel and operations.
During this interview we discuss:
How unmanned technology is being integrated into public safety agencies and operations.
How Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) are regulated for emergency services and public safety organizations.
Why a department, such as North Central PA Unmanned Emergency Services, would form as a stand-alone department instead of just integrating into a well-established fire or rescue department.
The behind the scenes operations that are required for a safe and effective drone response.
How unmanned technology can be used as a recruiting and retention tool for the next generation of emergency responders.
Episode length: 55 minutes
About the Host
Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP is widely considered a trusted authority on human factors, situational awareness and the high-risk decision making processes used in high-stress, high consequence work environments. He served 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT-Paramedic, company officer, training officer, fire chief and emergency incident commander. His doctoral research included the study of cognitive neuroscience to understand how human factors flaw situational awareness and impact high-risk decision making.
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