Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – 16054

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A request for information about our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Ref: FOI/16054

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 22nd April 2016

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft) the West Midlands Fire Service both currently deploys (for use in operations), and if (and how many) there any platforms in storage.

Reply

We currently have 3 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Request

Any information you’re about to provide about the drones, for example: the model, and payloads used (for example thermal/ infra-red)

Reply

Aeryon Sky Ranger (HD still and video with infer red).

DJI Phantom (Go Pro)

Request

What types of operations your drones are used in

Reply

Operational incidents and training to support the on scene Commanders decision making.

Request

What training the officers that operate them must undertake.

Reply

Officers who use them have completed training in use of the equipment which comply with the operating principles of the CAA and the manufactures instruction for use. Instructors have received extensive system specific training and perform the role of train the trainer for other users.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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