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R4 UAS Response Technician I and II- Idaho Falls

June 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Number: R4123

Course Description:

Training Program Based on Real-World Experience

The UAS Response Technician certification program consists of two hands-on courses – UAS Response Technician I (16 hours) and UAS Response Technician II (24 hours). At the end of the two courses, students will complete a written and a practical exam to earn the UAS Response Technician certficate. The courses can be taken in the same week, or you can split them up to better fit your schedule.

The program is designed to take existing UAS pilots and create safe, effective, professional opeators prepared to work on incident scenes including major disasters. Coursework includes safety management systems, crew coordiantion, hands-on scenarios, and best practices for a variety of missions including search and rescue, law enforcement support, fire fighting, hazardous materials and damage assessment. Each course includes homework, teachback modules, and a course workbook.

The training curriculum and materials were developed by the profesionals at the Texas A & M Humanitarian Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (HRAIL), the Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). This team of responders, researchers and educators have led the way in integrating UAS into emergency operations worldwide.

Duration:   16 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize all Federal regulations regarding operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.
  • Distinguish the need for jurisdictional and organizational policies regarding the operation of unmanned systems for public safety and emergency management.
  • Identify the components and purpose of the Incident Command System as well as the Air Operations Branch at the incident and State levels.
  • Determine personal minimums in regards to risk, including drug and alcohol effects, weather, and mission requirements utilizing a PAVE checklist.
  • Analyze issues with and risks to UAS operations created by conditions such as terrain, weather, obstructions, manned aviation, and airspace classification.
  • Evaluate all conditions for a UAS flight and make an appropriate “go/no-go” decision.
  • Identify appropriate locations and conditions to conduct UAS operations based on launch/recovery needs, airspace and regulatory factors, obstructions, terrain, and weather.
  • Plan a UAS sortie to accomplish a specific set of mission parameters given available resources.
  • Perform safe and effective UAS operations as part of a designated UAS crew.

UAS Response Technician II

Duration:   24 Contact Hours
Delivery Method:   Classroom and Hands-On Scenario Based Flights

Learning Objectives

  • Identify typical payloads of UAS and methods for integration into the UAS environment, including maximum takeoff weight and the impacts of payload on flight characteristics.
  • Determine appropriate UAS airframes, payloads, and communication systems based on mission requirements and conditions such as weather, traffic density, and terrain.
  • Determine an effective communications plan to include two-way communication as well as monitoring for situational awareness.
  • Describe procedures for obtaining emergency authorization to fly in controlled airspace or other FAA restricted locations.
  • Formulate plans for multiple unmanned aircraft and crews to operate simultaneously over or near and incident scene.
  • Apply land navigation techniques and technology as well coordinate systems including United States National Grid (USNG) and latitude and longitude to identify, classify, and travel to locations on the ground.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate and apply UAS in nighttime conditions.
  • Apply techniques to effectively operate a UAS in the following public safety mission types: damage assessment, route clearance, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement support, and surveillance/reconnaissance.

Dates: June 8-9, 2020 for Response Technician I, June 10-12, 2020 for Response Technician II

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 16 hours for Response Technician I, 24 hours for Response Technician II (40 hours if taking both courses)

Location: Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex, 740 Park Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $700 if taking both classes

($450 for Response Technician I and $550 for Response Technician II- if taken separately)

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): Florida State University Instructors, Justin Adams and Dave Merrick

Remarks: To register for this course, click the link-


June 8, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Idaho Falls Police Department


Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex
740 Park Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 United States
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