Drone Academy Takes Flight at Tri-C
October 03, 2016
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Course will teach public safety professionals how to use the technology
A Drone Academy launched by the Public Safety Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will introduce first responders to the high-flying technology and its potential uses.
The inaugural academy will be held Oct. 10-14 at the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at the College’s Western Campus in Parma. The week-long session will provide hands-on experience through simulations and practice drills.
Drones are increasingly being deployed by public safety departments in a variety of situations, including search-and-rescue missions, evidence collection, crime and crash scene investigations and firefighting operations.
“Drones can be a tremendous asset in the public safety field,” said Clayton Harris, vice president of public safety and dean of criminal justice at Tri-C. “But like any tool, it’s only as effective as its operator. Our goal is to teach first responders how to maximize the benefits of this technology.”
The academy sold out soon after the College opened enrollment. The 12 participants are all public safety professionals working in law enforcement, firefighting or other first responder occupations in Northeast Ohio.
Harris said academy graduates will be prepared to gain federal certification as a drone pilot.
Given the demand for the course, the College plans to schedule additional training sessions. For more information, visit www.tri-c.edu/droneacademy.