Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

FST3055 : Unmanned Aircraft & High Technologies for Emergency Responders

Offered Spring Semester (2nd half)

3 credit hours

Students in this course will learn about unmanned aerial systems, and other high technologies, and how they can benefit emergency services.  This course will focus on operating drones in a safe, reliable and accountable manner.  Portions of online course will include emerging technologies, including technologies for community risk reduction, and augmented reality applications and artificial intelligence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Learn policies, laws and privacy concerns in emergency management use of unmanned aircraft.
  2. Learn the basic controls and operations of unmanned aircraft.
  3. Receive hands-on experience regarding the construction of these aircraft.
  4. Participate in unmanned aircraft operations.
  5. Learn the process of getting FAA approval for the use of unmanned aircraft by emergency management agencies.

Larry Bennett    Bryan Brown    BJ Jetter    Kirk McKenzie

SW Ohio EMA Regional Safety Summit (November 3, 2017)


  • Larry Bennett, Esq. - Program Chair, Fire Science & Emergency Management 
  • Kelly Cohen, PhD - Professor & Interim Director, UC Aerospace 
  • Steve Schueler - Lieutenant, Blue Ash Police Department 
  • James "Doug" Daniels - Senior Law Enforcement Training Officer, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy 
  • George "Tom" Black, Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Aerospace (licensed pilot)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) for Emergency Responders (May 1-5, 2017)

  • Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lakamp, Cincinnati Fire Department and Tim Bayer 
  • Cindy Striley, Using UAVs for Hazmat Incidents PowerPoint Slides

August 10, 2016 Seminar

  • Kelly Cohen
  • Manish Kumar
  • David Feil-Seifer
  • Dudley Smith
  • Darren Price 
  • James (Doug) Daniels
  • Tom Lakamp 
  • Cindy Striley

Media Coverage


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