National Public Safety Drone Conference wraps in Albemarle County

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CROZET, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The first National Public Safety UAS Conference wrapped on Wednesday after taking place in Albemarle County.

Hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the conference centered around public safety officials and advancing their use of Unmanned Aerial Systems.

"We hope to see this as a way that we can continually evolve and enhance our Unmanned Aircraft System program," said VDEM's acting deputy state coordinator, Charles Werner, who predicted that in the next three years, 80 percent of public safety agencies will have drones.

On Wednesday, participants were scheduled to take part various scenario demonstrations and training events.

"We laid out a series of developing standard test methods," said Adam Jacoff with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "The Unmanned Aerial System market is getting very big."

Ryan English, president and co-founder of Florida-based FlyMotion Unmanned Systems says the business of UAS is booming in the field of public safety.

"Now that they've got their hands on the technology and have started to implement it into their operations, it's becoming one of the most useful tools for their operations," said English.

The conference involved more than 200 participants.

Last year, PVCC launched its own course on drones specifically for emergency services personnel.

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