ASTM, DRONERESPONDERS Partner on Public-Safety UAS Training Standards
Monday, October 05, 2020 | Comments

ASTM International and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, an official program of Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), announced a new strategic initiative designed to standardize the training and use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related technology across the public-safety and emergency services sectors around the world.

The new public-safety UAS Standardized Training Initiative (STI) will be based on ASTM International standard “F3379-20, Standard Guide for Training for Public Safety Remote Pilot of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Endorsement” and administered exclusively by DRONERESPONDERS for the public-safety sector.

Public-safety UAS STI will provide public-safety UAS training providers with a third-party evaluation of their curriculum for conformance to applicable ASTM standards. Programs that meet or exceed UAS STI will receive a certificate and digital emblem from DRONERESPONDERS and ASTM confirming they have been approved as a public-safety UAS STI approved training provider.

“The goal for the public-safety UAS Standardized Training Initiative is to create a safer, more efficient operating environment for all stakeholders in the whole community,” said Brian Meincke, vice president of global business development and innovation strategy of ASTM International. “We are thrilled to partner with AIRT-DRONERESPONDERS as the industry leader in supporting drones for good and public-safety UAS operations.”

The need for standardized UAS equipment and training for first responders and emergency services professionals has been well researched and validated by DRONERESPONDERS over the past year. During this time, ASTM International collaborated with key stakeholders to develop the most robust set of UAS operational standards available to date. The new partnership will now link those two pieces together.

“We could not ask for a better partner than ASTM International in launching this training initiative,” said Charles Werner, a retired fire chief and director of DRONERESPONDERS. “The public-safety UAS Standardized Training Initiative will serve as the catalyst toward creating a standardized training environment for all types and sizes of public-safety agencies.”

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