A missing child has been found safely in Minot, North Dakota today, in no small part due to the swift actions of the partnership between the Minot Police Department, the Minot Fire Department, SkySkopes’ UAS teams, and others.
After SkySkopes received the call from the Police of the City of Minot, they had teams on station within 20 minutes of the call, and made the police aware of the extra adjustments they make in operations as precautions due to the coronavirus. The hours-long search was successful, the crews have debriefed at safe distances, and an after action report is being conducted remotely. SkySkopes crews had all of the normal UAS PPE, in addition to PPE that meets and exceeds the WHO, North Dakota Department of Health, and CDC Guidelines.
“I knew I could call on SkySkopes, and they also had everything they needed to simultaneously prevent the community spread of COVID-19. I was also aware that they had FAA waivers to conduct UAS operations over people with their aircraft.” said John Klug, Chief of Police in the City of Minot North Dakota.
SkySkopes’ CEO and the Minot Chief of Police are acquaintances having graduated together from the USAF Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama after they had been invited by the Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Dr. Heather Wilson.
“The child was found safely and the successful mission was conducted safely. Further, it was great to put some of the lessons from the Air War College into practice in the real world,” said Matt Dunlevy, President and CEO of SkySkopes.
“This was an emergency within an emergency, with another UAS emergency response taking place simultaneously in Grand Forks to fight the flood. We have never seen a triple emergency using UAS before. SkySkopes pilots’ incredible professionalism throughout these missions is breathtaking.”
“Some of the drone imagery taken during the search clearly demonstrates the usefulness of UAS in search-and-rescue missions.”
said Sebastian Gomez, SkySkopes’ Minot Operations Manager and Mission Commander for the quick reaction efforts.
“We are known throughout the country as the operators to call for public response especially needing emergency urgency. That this occurred in our backyard highlights the value of our pilots to our communities. This is also why we are certified as ‘Essential Service Personnel’ in states hit even harder by the coronavirus.”
Pilots who were part of the successful UAS operation are now self-quarantining as a precaution.
Source: Press Release
UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2020/04/28/skyskopes-in-successful-missing-person-search-in-north-dakota/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.