AIRT and APD To Promote Disaster Resiliency

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The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-governmental organization based in Florida, has announced a new partnership with the Association of Professionals of Drones (APD), a specialized professional organization with headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, with presence in six Latin American countries, to promote the use and standardization of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated technologies throughout the Caribbean and Latin America for emergencies and disasters.

The memorandum of understanding also calls for mutual assistance and support capacities for disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the face of complex incidents and major emergencies, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides and a variety of other disasters.

“APD has established itself as a leader in the commercial use of drones in the lower part of the Americas,” said Christopher Todd, Executive Director of AIRT. “We appreciate the opportunity to help educate and train multinational public safety personnel on how to use unmanned aviation technology and related systems for emergency operations.”

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Todd says the association will seek to take advantage of the many relationships that each organization has already established, such as AIRT’s relationship with the International Preparedness for Disasters Academy at Florida International University (FIU) and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance program led by the Chief Charles Werner (ret.).

“We are excited to work with AIRT and partners such as FIU and DRONERESPONDERS to help provide specialized drone training to first responders in Latin America,” said Pablo Heredia Cantillana, Executive Director of APD. “There is an incredible need for knowledge and training on how UAS can help combat the many emergencies that continually affect our region.”

While Miami and Bogota will serve as primary coordination centers for joint operations between AIRT and APD, Heredia Cantillana says operational bases will be established in key cities in the Americas to train personnel and maintain emergency preparedness.

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“Our goal is to ensure that each of our APD member countries is able to respond quickly to a drone disaster and maintain effective flight operations during the first 96 hours,” says Heredia Cantillana. «This will allow our teams of international UAS partners to respond to the incident»

“Ultimately, it’s about the work team,” says Todd. “How they work, act, and face adversity together will be determinant for operational success. We believe that APD has established an exceptional team and we look forward to working with them to help save lives throughout the Americas. “

In addition to staff training, the creation of fast-moving, highly mobile flight teams with Spanish-speaking skills will be essential to effective response, according to Todd. He would like the members of the AIRT team to have expert knowledge in areas such as UAS technology, disaster operations and even diplomatic protocol.

About AIRT

AIRT® (Airborne Incident Response Team) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization registered in Florida that provides innovative aeronautical and aerospace resources to help prepare, respond and recover from complex emergencies and major disasters. AIRT is building the world’s largest air force for #aviationforgood. Our global network of remote pilots is ready to #getup (work) when disaster strikes. 

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About APD

The Association of Professionals of Drones (APD) is a specialized professional organization with headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, and with presence in six Latin American countries. APD focuses on representing, promoting and defending the welfare of all its members with respect to their scientific, academic, social and commercial activities conducted with drones / UAS. 

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