The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a self-funded nonprofit organization, has released a free online training program to help more than 29,000 fire departments in the US improve existing public safety drone programs and establish new drone initiatives.

Today, fire departments across the nation are leveraging drones to support public safety preparedness efforts and supplement emergency response tactics. But as is the case with any new technology, using drones sometimes presents unexpected challenges for both fire service drone program administrators and the fire personnel charged with operating such aerial technologies.

As such, this new NFPA online learning course is designed to provide recommendations and best practices that would enable fire departments to take their drone programs to a higher level.

Explains Christian Dubay, P.E., NFPA vice president and chief engineer:

Drones offer the fire service increased situational awareness…