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FEMA Drone Training Course

The University of Vermont is hosting FEMA's introductory Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones) courses in the summer of 2023. There are two identical sessions (June 13-14 & June 27-28), each consisting of two days of training. The sessions are identical, and thus, participants should attend only one session for both days. 

These courses are offered at no charge to first responders and those who participate in emergency management or disaster response functions. Travel, lodging, and meals are all covered. The courses assume no prior UAS experience. Participants should feel comfortable using computers and tablets. Space is limited. 

AWR-422: UAS Flight Operations for Emergency Response (Day 1) is a 1-day, in-person course that will prepare first responders with technical resources, knowledge, and experience to deploy UAS for a variety of emergency response scenarios. Content will cover rules and regulations, mission planning, airspace coordination, platform and sensor selection, risk assessment and mitigation, flight operations, data collection, and metadata retention.

PER-407: UAS Data Analytics for Emergency Response (Day 2) is a 1-day, in-person, instructor-led course on how to effectively organize, generate, analyze, and rapidly disseminate geospatial data from UAS data. Course content will cover how to transform UAS imagery, video, and other data into products that can be used to support decision-making, damage assessment, and other mission-critical tasks for emergency response.

Please fill out this form if you are interested -

If you have any questions, please contact University of Vermont Emergency Management Director, John Marcus: or (802) 656-4363