Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety Unmanned Response Team

Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety Unmanned Response Team The GCPSURT is a coalition of LE, FD, OEM, Armed Forces, and NGO entities working together to provide mutual aid assistance for all hazard events, training, and program development for unmanned robotic system public safety programs.

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Brownsville, TX FD using drones to enhance safety and efficiency for fire suppression!
12/07/2020
Structure Fire - E. 5th St

Brownsville, TX FD using drones to enhance safety and efficiency for fire suppression!

This video is about Structure Fire - E. 5th St

Brownsville Fire Department
12/03/2020

Brownsville Fire Department

This morning’s strong winds contributed to the heavy fire and smoke that dominated the scene of this fully involved single family, single story unoccupied structure. Within minutes, of the initial 911 call, BFD’s A-Shift was on scene and utilized all hands to quickly control the blaze. Air support provided by our drone unit ensured that near-by structures were kept safe from the radiant heat of the blaze. Air support also assists on-scene commanders maintain situational awareness and crew accountability all the while providing real time live video to off site command staff. Special thanks to our emergency communications operators (dispatchers) that work hard behind the scenes providing vital information and logistical support!

Pix4D
11/30/2020

Pix4D

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11/21/2020
Day 3 Night Operations and Search for Persons

On Day 3 of the Advanced Flight Scenarios Course I taught basic thermography, night operations, and how to coordinate ground crews to the person of interest. sUAS Teams were tasked with locating the person of interest a completely dark field and wooded area, then coordinate ground crews to the person of interest. All sUAS feeds were live streamed to command and responding personnel via DroneSense. Area of Operation lighting was provided by FoxFury Lighting Solutions. Thank you so much Montgomery County Constable's Office Pct 4 for the Opportunity!

First Responders Assistance Foundation
11/21/2020

First Responders Assistance Foundation

Upcoming training alert: Physical & Mental Resilience. This class is FREE to ALL first responders and lunch is included - spaces are limited so sign up today! 🤩 #fraftexas #firstresponders #houston #supportingourpoliceofficers #supportingfirefighters #supportingems #supportingdispatch

**TCOLE credit hours will be awarded per day of attendance**

Granite Defense Technologies
11/18/2020

Granite Defense Technologies

Another beautiful day in Harris County working with the Fire Marshal’s program. #newpilots #training

11/17/2020
forensicmappingsolutions.com

Upcoming 3 Day Pix4d Mapper Training Opportunity in Pearland, TX:

This 3 day course will provide attendees the necessary instruction to successfully process a crash or crime scene using aerial photogrammetry with Pix4D Mapper software. This training provides a “crash/crime scene to courtroom” workflow utilizing Pix4D generated orthomosaic images and point cloud data in the most common third party software. Use of the Pix4D Capture Application as well as other third party field mapping / flight planning software will be covered and demonstrated to provide best practices at the scene. This course consists of classroom lecture, hands on work projects and field exercises. Each attendee is required to bring his or her own laptop computer. A 15 day full access Pix4D Mapper license will be provided to each student. DJI aircraft will be provided for field exercises. Course is ACTAR approved for 20 CEUs.

To register, See the below link:

Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety Unmanned Response Team
10/04/2020

Gulf Coast Regional Public Safety Unmanned Response Team

On October 1st, the GCRPSURT team and Memorial Villages Police Department hosted its first regional training event since...
10/04/2020

On October 1st, the GCRPSURT team and Memorial Villages Police Department hosted its first regional training event since the winter of last year. This training included 5 scenarios at various locations to enhance social distancing practices. Over 25 agencies from the greater Houston region attended the training along with special guests Harris County DA candidate Mary Huffman, Congressional candidate Wesley Hunt. Axon US and First Responders Assistance Foundation provided breakfast and lunch for all the participants. LinkedAll, Darley, and DroneSense provided donations to two of our lucky participants. One of the US Coast Guard Attendants won a Mavic Enterprise Zoom, provided by Linkedall and Bellaire Police Department won a MavicMini and three free months of DroneSense provided by Darley. Thank you all who attended and we look forward to the next event!

Pearland Police Department's Brandon Karr is one of this year's DJI Airworks Conference!  He will be discussing Law Enfo...
08/11/2020
AirWorks 2020

Pearland Police Department's Brandon Karr is one of this year's DJI Airworks Conference! He will be discussing Law Enforcement's Perspective of UAS for Public Safety. Key talking points will be Pearland Police Department's utilization of UAS, Evaluation of the new M300 and H20T, and the new First Responder Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight Waiver Process.

https://www.djiairworks.us/2020/agenda/speakers/696136

Through the annual AirWorks conference, DJI drives the commercial drone industry forward. AirWorks is a hub for innovation and growth, enabling participants in this ecosystem to exchange ideas, gain more control of drone technology, and steer the future development of the industry. Join hundreds of....

Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5
07/14/2020

Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5

Dogs, Drones and Choppers

Constable Ted Heap's deputies teamed up with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Waller County Sheriff's Office this week for nighttime K-9 search practice.

The dogs worked in conjunction with a DPS helicopter and Precinct 5's drones to run multiple scenarios which involved searching for a hidden fugitive in a remote field.

The search wasn't easy. It was hot and humid and the mosquitoes were thick. But each of the K-9's ultimately led deputies to their hidden targets with help from hi-tech cameras above.

These scenarios are valuable practice runs for both the dogs and these agencies. Coordination and teamwork are crucial in these exercises and each agency will be better prepared the next time this situation comes up in real life. Thanks to everyone who joined in this successful joint effort!

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficeofConstableTedHeap.HCCOPCT5/ and our Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/ted.heap.constable/

07/13/2020

Awesome work being done by the Houston-Galveston Sector US Coast Guard UAS Team! Check out their Instagram this week to learn more!

05/02/2020
Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5

Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5

Drone Thugs-N-Harmony

Constable Ted Heap's new drones played an important part in the arrest of three suspects involved in an extensive mail fraud and counterfeit ring on Thursday.

Steven Nguyen, one of the ringleaders, tried to escape via the rooftop patio, but got tripped up as Precinct 5 deputies monitoring the drones spotted him and led our partners with Houston Police Department SWAT to his hideout, where he surrendered without incident.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficeofConstableTedHeap.HCCOPCT5/ and our Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/ted.heap.constable/

On April 22nd, 2020 at approximately 6pm an EF3 tornado devastated Onalaska, Polk County, TX.  Polk County reached out t...
05/01/2020
Polk County Texas Tornado

On April 22nd, 2020 at approximately 6pm an EF3 tornado devastated Onalaska, Polk County, TX. Polk County reached out to the GCPSURT team and Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue to use UAS to provide aerial maps to assist with damage assessment and recovery efforts. The link below is the final product we created. This is a great example of how UAS can be used to assist decision makers during a disaster.

Community of Onalaska

"Yesterday the Pearland Police Department received a mutual aid request from Polk County Chief Deputy Byron Lyons for UA...
04/24/2020

"Yesterday the Pearland Police Department received a mutual aid request from Polk County Chief Deputy Byron Lyons for UAS support to map the damaged areas due to the F3 Tornado that traveled through Onalaska, Texas. Our UAS team have also been requested to return today to further map these damaged areas. The maps will be used to better allocate rescue and recovery efforts and to assist in search and rescue efforts for missing persons."

Yesterday the Pearland Police Department received a mutual aid request from Polk County Chief Deputy Byron Lyons for UAS support to map the damaged areas due to the F3 Tornado that traveled through Onalaska, Texas. Our UAS team have also been requested to return today to further map these damaged areas. The maps will be used to better allocate rescue and recovery efforts and to assist in search and rescue efforts for missing persons.

Texas A&M University and Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue have been doing research on the use case of unmanne...
04/13/2020

Texas A&M University and Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue have been doing research on the use case of unmanned systems in response to the COVID outbreak across the world.

04/07/2020
Anchorage Police Department

A great find by Anchorage PD. Here is an example of how agencies are utilizing UAS to locate missing persons.

ICYMI: Yesterday, we shared a story of how APD Patrol Officers and Drone Pilots rescued a lost hiker. Read the full post here: bit.ly/2wdkbEV

Here is the bird's eye view of that rescue. Grateful the hiker was okay!

04/03/2020
Disaster Request Assistance Form | Disaster Response Program

Gain access to our partners Esri - GIS for Public Safety software at NO COST for up to 6 months to help respond to #COVID-19. Visit https://lnkd.in/dgJa7Sm and select “COVID-19 Response Package” within the support options. #partnership

If you need GIS software or support for your current disaster, please request assistance by completing the Request Assistance form. All requests should be fully justified & are subject to approval.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office using sUAS to monitor sanitation distribution stations.
03/26/2020

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office using sUAS to monitor sanitation distribution stations.

We’re proud to have set a standard for a needed service here in Texas. Laredo and Del Rio have now set-up disinfectant distribution stations after seeing the success and demand for ours. A nearby county also visited us this week and observed the operation as they consider providing this for their residents, as well. Fort Bend residents should be proud that what we started here is now helping other Texans mitigate the spread of the virus.

US Public Safety Departments with UAV Programs:With the accelerating spread of COVID-19 and increasing adoption of drone...
03/26/2020
Empowering Local Heroes: Drones In COVID-19 Response

US Public Safety Departments with UAV Programs:

With the accelerating spread of COVID-19 and increasing adoption of drones to combat the spread, we at DJI are expanding its existing Disaster Relief Program to increase resources and support for public safety agencies at the front lines of this global pandemic.

If your department here in the United States (working on scaling this out) has an UAV program already and you have a need for equipment, dedicated service and support, and are willing to help with educational content to "Pay It Forward" to other departments across the globe, please review the information below and submit your request.

I am proud that we can off some support.

DJI is helping qualified public safety agencies scale their drone operations to strengthen their pandemic response.

With all the concerns regarding COVID-19, this is an article that discusses how drones are being used by public safety a...
03/24/2020
Drones to fight COVID-19

With all the concerns regarding COVID-19, this is an article that discusses how drones are being used by public safety agencies across the globe.

We are all right now facing the COVID-19 world crisis, we are all trying to adapt to a health crisis that kills and disorganizes all the organizations of society As some have seen, drone technology can be a definite help in this crisisin which everything have to be done remotely, not from a medical

Today GCRPSURT's Brandon Karr discussed how our team started, trains, and how we are supporting the Houston region using...
03/04/2020

Today GCRPSURT's Brandon Karr discussed how our team started, trains, and how we are supporting the Houston region using UAS for public safety at the 4th Annual National Public Safety UAS Conference.

The National Public Safety UAS Conference is off to a great start!
03/02/2020

The National Public Safety UAS Conference is off to a great start!

Last week members of the GCRPSURT team and other public safety agencies from as far away as New Jersey attended Center f...
02/23/2020

Last week members of the GCRPSURT team and other public safety agencies from as far away as New Jersey attended Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue's and Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP)'s UAS disaster response tech 1 and 2. The course taught participants how to integrate into the ICS framework and respond to major incidents such as Hurricanes and search and rescue.

For more information on upcoming training visit:
https://www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/police/training
http://cdrp.net/uas-training.php

FLYMOTION
02/18/2020

FLYMOTION

While in the #Houston area, we met with the Pearland Police Department and their #UAV unit complete with a customized trunk for their DJI #Inspire. It was integration at its finest.

Stay tuned later today for our #Austin tour stop! #firerescue #publicsafety #dronesforgood #thinredline #thinblueline

Thank you FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems for coming by our training today at Pearland PD to showcase the Command RV and to f...
02/18/2020

Thank you FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems for coming by our training today at Pearland PD to showcase the Command RV and to finally meet some of your great team!

Florida State: David Merrick describes public-safety drone uses, challenges – Urgent Comms
02/09/2020
Florida State: David Merrick describes public-safety drone uses, challenges – Urgent Comms

Florida State: David Merrick describes public-safety drone uses, challenges – Urgent Comms

David Merrick of Florida State University explains how drones can be used to provide video and pictures that enhance situational awareness during a response effort, as well as some of the practical and connectivity limitations that must be considered when deploying drones.

Yesterday the GCRPSURT participated in a training event, sponsored by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group Pierce Manufacturin...
02/06/2020

Yesterday the GCRPSURT participated in a training event, sponsored by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group Pierce Manufacturing, to learn how drones can be used to aid in disaster response and recovery. Warning Coordinator for US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas, Dan Reilly, explained what they look for to better understand the impact of the major storms and how drones can capture that data. The Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP) discussed best practices for responding in major disasters through their lessons learned responding to disasters across the nation. Vendors LinkedAll Products, Darley Company, Autel Robotics, and FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems were also in attendance to display new products and offer their services.

Harris County Pct 5's program looks to be off to a great start!
02/05/2020

Harris County Pct 5's program looks to be off to a great start!

Drone Get Me Started

Our friends at Channel 2, Tera Roberson and John Barone, came by our Precinct 5 headquarters today to interview Constable Ted Heap and Sgt. Lance Anderson, one of our licensed drone pilots, for an extended feature on our new drones.

These drones have already been successful in locating lost children and apprehending fleeing suspects. We also use them for motor vehicle crash reconstructions and crime scene documentation.

Stay tuned for more information when this feature will run on KPRC2 / Click2Houston's newscast.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficeofConstableTedHeap.HCCOPCT5/ and our new Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/ted.heap.constable/

Pearland Police Department's Brandon Karr finishes day 1 for TEEX's Introduction to UAS for Public Safety.  This is a fu...
01/28/2020

Pearland Police Department's Brandon Karr finishes day 1 for TEEX's Introduction to UAS for Public Safety. This is a fun class to teach!

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Last night Pct 5 had Brandon Karr come and instruct us on the ways of thermography and searches during nighttime. His wealth of knowledge that he shared with us is truly a game changer for our program and I cannot thank him enough.