Drone Flown at RVISD to Prepare for Emergencies

Drone Flown at RVISD to Prepare for Emergencies
January 17, 2020
North Central Texas Emergency Communications District
School officials say keeping students safe is their No. 1 priority. One local emergency telecommunications agency is hoping to help them.

Drone Flown at RVISD to Prepare for Emergencies

By Ashley Rose
Cleburne Times-Review, Texas (TNS)
Jan 17, 2020

School officials say keeping students safe is their No. 1 priority. One local emergency telecommunications agency is hoping to help them. The North Central Texas Emergency Communications District is using unmanned aerial systems — also known as drones — to create 3D models of certain areas to help first responders find exactly where 911 callers or threats are located, even down to the floor the person is on. Their first stop was at Rio Vista ISD.

NCT911 is engaged in the planning, implementation and maintenance of an emergency 911 system for more than 40 public safety answering points in 13 counties surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, according to its website. Rodger Mann, NCT911 geographic information systems manager, said they started their drone program over a year ago with the goal to provide more accurate data to police departments, sheriff offices and other first responders.

“By providing better data, our stakeholders can find callers in emergency situations quicker,” Mann said. “Schools are considered ‘critical-infrastructure,’ and we see the need for creating a situational awareness common operating picture for first responders. In critical situations, 3D models can greatly assist first responders in planning and strategy — identifying roof access and exit points in active shooter incidents.”

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