June 10, 2021

Leaders, UAS program managers, and remote pilots from public safety agencies representing jurisdictions with a population of 500,000 or greater are welcome to attend

MIAMI, FL – June 10, 2021 – The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting the use of unmanned systems for public safety and disaster response – and official home of DRONERESPONDERS® – has announced the next meeting of the DRONRESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group, which will be held virtually on Monday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Facilitated by Captain Michael Leo, Head of Robotics for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), the DRONRESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group is designed for leaders, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program managers, remote pilots, and other professionals representing public safety agencies from large cities, metropolitan areas, and state/federal jurisdictions with a population of 500,000 or greater.  The group focuses on specific and unique challenges facing large public safety agencies using drones to help save lives and protect property.

Leo will lead the June meeting which will focus on the following topics:

  1. Significant challenges facing public safety UAS programs in major cities and metropolitan areas.
  2. Success stories and outcomes from tactical UAS operations.
  3. Developing a Major Cities Working Group roadmap for future engagement.

“As we have discovered at FDNY, public safety agencies operating drones and other unmanned systems in urban environments face unique challenges that often require additional problem solving,” said Leo.  “The goal of the Major Cities Working Group is to share knowledge and experiences between agencies to help other first responders avoid pitfalls and achieve mission success.”

After June 21, the next meeting of the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group will be held in-person on Monday, August 16 at the DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit at AUVSI XPONENTIAL at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information, or to request membership in the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group, please visit: https://www.droneresponders.org/major-cities-working-group

Company Details

Based in Miami, Florida, AIRT® (Airborne International Response Team) is the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting the use of unmanned systems for public safety and disaster response.  AIRT offers a wide range of educational programming, training events, and mission-critical deployments in support of public safety UAS operations and designed to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex emergencies and major disasters. For more information, visit: http://airt.ngo AIRT is the official home of DRONERESPONDERS®, the world's fastest-growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS.  For more information, visit: http://droneresponders.org