Camp Shelby hosts first drone workshop for state agencies

Camp Shelby hosts first drone workshop for state agencies

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Law enforcement and emergency management officials from South Mississippi were at Camp Shelby Thursday to learn about unmanned aerial vehicle technology.

The Open Technology Center hosted the first drone workshop for state public service agencies.

The focus is on helping agencies in rural or under-served areas learn how to acquire and properly use drones for search and rescue, emergency management, land surveying and other purposes.

Officials from the FAA, MEMA and the FBI also attended.

"The overall goal of the program is to introduce the available technologies to these law enforcement, first responder, emergency management and public administration organizations," said Brad Smith, director of federal programs for the Open Technology Center.

"It's invaluable for us to have both the federal and the state governments here to give us an idea of where we are going to go from this point and how we can get our people trained," said Chris Bowen, district 5 supervisor for Forrest County.

The funding for the workshop and future similar events is coming from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.