SOUTH METRO'S 911 DISPATCH TEAMS HAVE COMPLETED DRONE LICENSE TRAINING AND ARE ADDING DRONES TO THEIR INCIDENT DISPATCH VEHICLES
The South Metro Fire Rescue Authority serves over 540,000 Colorado residents. A key part of the South Metro team is the MetCom/911 Dispatch agency. This 24-hour communications center handles dispatch calls for all of South Metro's district plus multiple volunteer fire agencies, for a total coverage of 1778 square miles. To enhance its communications effectiveness, MetCom has created an innovative Incident Dispatch Team. This group of specially trained dispatchers is prepared for rapid deployment to major incidents to manage communications, logistics, and planning for on scene agencies. The Dispatch Team operates a fleet of Incident Dispatch vehicles, which are outfitted with information gathering and communications tools including satellite links, weather stations, and cellular hotspots.
Soon to be added to the vehicles: drones! They’ll be used to contribute to situational awareness at incident sites. And to help train its dispatchers for their new roles as drone pilots, this September MetCom invited Aeon Unmanned to present its Drone License Course at the South Metro headquarters and guide the dispatchers to success on their Part 107 drone license exams.
We're pleased to have contributed to MetCom's adoption of versatile drone technology for their emergency dispatch toolkits!
Photos: Bruce Zale and Scott May of MetCom demonstrate the versatility of their Incident Dispatch vehicles - soon to have drones.