Fundamentals of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or Drones) 

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Firefighting sUAS

This program can help you answer the following questions about UAVs and fire department operations

  • How can sUAS be used to enhance emergency and non-emergency fire department operations?
  • How do federal, state, and local laws and regulations impact fire department use of sUAS? 
  • What are the potential costs of using SUASs in fire department operations? 
  • What are the political, social, and other non-regulatory considerations of using sUAS in fire department operations? 

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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via