Verizon Frontline Launches UAS Pilot Training Program for Response Team
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | Comments

Verizon Frontline launched a first-of-its-kind unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, training program designed to enable members of the Verizon Response Team (VRT) to support first responders with missions ranging from risk or damage assessment to search and rescue operations (SAR).

The program, designed by a Verizon response manager and former U.S. Army air traffic controller, consists of 30 separate blocks of training focused on bringing someone with almost no UAS experience to the point where they can deploy a professional drone in support of active response efforts.

This VRT-specific curriculum goes beyond that required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a drone under the FAA's Part 107 small UAS rules. While the VRT program builds on the foundational elements of the FAA’s requirements, prior to being able to deploy their drones, VRT members must first be Part 107 certified and obtain a remote pilot certificate. This certificate demonstrates an understanding of the regulations, operating requirements and procedures for safely flying drones.

Currently, 15 out of the 18 members of the VRT have obtained their remote pilot certificate. Nearly a third of the team has completed the additional requirements necessary to be certified through the VRT’s internal training program.

Following completion of the training, Verizon response managers located throughout the country will be able to deploy their drones to help meet the evolving needs of public-safety officials and assist in the capture and aggregation of data to help first responders make safe and informed decisions as they respond to events such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and floods.

The VRT provides on-demand, emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, emergency responders, nonprofits and communities on a 24/7/365 basis. VRT members set up portable cell sites, Wi-Fi hotspots, free charging stations, and other devices and solutions that enable communications and/or boost network performance.

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On 8/1/21, Aaron Butcher said:
As a Vteamer and as a First Responder this is fantastic and I can t wait till classes start for the opportunity to join the VRT.


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