Drones for Good: Airborne International Response Team Receives Motorola Foundation Grant

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HOMESTEAD, FL – Cindee Markes (left) and Renato Corazza of Motorola Solutions Plantation office receiving a briefing from Dr. Bertrand Dano of AIRT regarding the benefits of unmanned aerial systems during Exercise Lightning Shield at Homestead International Speedway in 2019. Photo by AIRT.

Funding will be used to help expand awareness and education for first responders using drones for good

MIAMI – The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a Miami-based 501(c) non-profit organization that provides public safety and disaster response support capabilities with drone technology, today announced that it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions.

The grant will be used to help expand AIRT’s DRONERESPONDERS program focused on supporting the awareness and education of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) use by public safety agencies and first responders throughout the world.  The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as AIRT, which support and advance public safety programs; and technology and engineering education initiatives.

“We are very honored to have been selected as one of the Motorola Solutions Foundation 2019 grant awardees,” said Christopher Todd, executive director of AIRT.  “This funding will help DRONERESPONDERS make an even greater impact in supporting first responders using drones for good in their local communities and beyond.”

AIRT will use the Motorola Solutions Foundation grant in two primary areas: to bolster DRONERESPONDERS research initiatives surrounding first responders use of UAS, and to provide educational programing and outreach to public safety and disaster response professionals in underserved communities who want to deploy unmanned systems to help save lives and protect property.

The year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members around the globe.  There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and others.

“We are very pleased to support the work of AIRT and the DRONERESPONDERS program,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.  “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be a part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”

·       For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, please visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation

·       For more information on DRONERESPONDERS, please visit droneresponders.org

About AIRT
AIRT® (Airborne International Response Team) is a Florida-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides innovative aviation and aerospace resources to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex emergencies and major disasters. AIRT is building the World’s Largest Air Force® for #aviationforgood. Our global remote pilot network is ready to #getup whenever disaster strikes.  For more information, visit: http://airt.ngo

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation makes strategic grants, forges strong community partnerships and fosters innovation by funding programs in public safety education, disaster relief, employee giving programs, and technology education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides over $11 million in support to over 250 charitable organizations and universities in over 30 countries annually. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website:
www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation



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