Two Blue Ash first responders instruct first-of-its-kind drone certification class

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(October 19, 2020 - Blue Ash)

Two Blue Ash first responders are instructing a cutting-edge Public Safety Drone Certification course in the Tri-State.

Blue Ash Police Lt. Steve Schueler and Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Murphy were tapped, along with Woodlawn Fire Chief Amos Johnson and Firefighter/Paramedic Katie Thielmeyer, to teach the course at Great Oaks Career Campuses. 

 “It is very rewarding to be involved in training, especially a drone program that is the first of its kind in the world,” said Lt. Schueler. “In the future it won’t be unusual to see firefighters and police officers using drones. Right now, it’s still an oddity, but soon it will become routine.”

The course for first responders is five days long with two traditional classes and three day of hands-on small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight school, where students quickly learn to navigate a course and assist with Hazmat emergencies and missing person searches.

Students who successfully complete the course are eligible for certification under NFPA 2400 Chapter 5, Professional Qualifications for sUAS Public Safety Personnel.

Another course is being planned for spring.