US: DARTdrones has announced the launch of its Public Safety Grant Program, offering $100,000 in public safety grant funds as a commitment to save more lives with drones. After training 70+ police and fire departments worldwide, the organisation wants to offer more departments the opportunity to implement drones.
On the anniversary of their appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, DARTdrones pledged $100,000 in drone training grants to public safety organizations as a way to give back. The company offers a number of free resources online for public safety departments including “Starting a Drone Program with Your Police Department,” “Starting a Drone Program with Your Fire Department,” and “The Lives Saved with Search and Rescue Drones 2017.”
Additionally, it will work with grant participants to collect data on the use of drones in public operations to continue the development of new and thorough training programs as technology and additional use-cases emerge. A year ago, the small team at DARTdrones eagerly awaited their moment in the spotlight, preparing to be featured on Shark Tank. Since that time, the company tripled the size of their team, expanded training to 40 cities across the country, and added curriculum that not only helps industry professionals get started in drones, but also provides police, fire, and federal agencies with drone training that can help save lives.
Drones can help first responders reduce response times, increase mission success rates, document operations, and save more lives. Despite these impressive benefits, the financial costs involved in getting a drone program off the ground remains a barrier for many public safety organizations. DARTdrones believes every department should have the opportunity to utilize drone technology in its daily operations. The grant program will provide a pathway for departments to adopt this cutting-edge technology.
Recipients of the DARTdrones Public Safety Grant will be awarded full or partial funding for their initial training needs, potentially including basic flight training, Part 107 test prep, search and rescue training, accident investigation training, aerial disaster response training, and a number of consulting and legal documentation writing services.