redUAS Instructors Certified to Teach C-UAS Course for First Responders

redUAS was recently awarded a contract through NMT’s EMRTC to develop and deliver C-UAS training. As part of this effort, 12 redUAS subject matter experts recently received certification from that institution to act as instructors in delivering the course, which will be delivered to first responders and emergency management personnel beginning in mid-2019.

New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center offers high-quality training to emergency responders around the United States and its territories. New Mexico Tech’s offerings are geared toward preparing emergency first responders to better prevent and respond to terrorist incidents. New Mexico Tech works in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a cooperative agreement to provide this training.

Once certified by DHS/FEMA, the course will address current and future unmanned aircraft threats, and will focus on basic C-UAS awareness and response tactics, techniques and procedures for first responders.

redUAS instructors spent a week with NMT EMRTC instructors and program managers receiving NMT-standardized certification. At the conclusion of the training week, a teach-back on terrorist awareness and use of UAS was conducted by all redUAS instructors as part of the certification program.

“We are honored to be part of the NMT team, and to be joining other NMT industry partners in providing critical training to our nation’s first responders and emergency management personnel,” said Rex Hayes, redUAS co-owner and program manager for NMT’s C-UAS program.

Associate Director of Training at NMT, Joel Haley, said, “This training will help round out our preparedness offerings in an area we believe to be increasingly critical to first responders. We are pleased to be teaming with redUAS and believe the operational perspective they bring as former military members and first responders will be a good fit for our students.”