This four-day program will result in attendees acquiring the skills necessary to operate UAS for fire and HAZMAT emergency response. Utilizing K-State’s industry-leading technology, pilots will learn the best ways to incorporate UAS into their fire and emergency response agencies. Simulated scenarios of a structure fire, highway accident, and train derailment will take place at Crisis City Training Center.

During this course, pilots will receive extensive hands on flight training, accumulating to roughly 10 hours. Flight training will include:

  • Fundamental and advanced flight maneuvers using a DJI Matrice 210 aircraft and various sensors
  • Structure fire recon and overwatch with simulated occupant and thermal identification for VEIS
  • HAZMAT scene response with simulated vehicle and tanker accident and train derailment
  • Search and rescue scenarios
  • Night operations
  • Crew resource management and coordination between teams
  • Operational scenarios using multiple aircraft and crews, identifying secondary hazards, and maintaining command of incident scenes

In addition to the flight training, attendees will also learn best practices for UAS operations, FAA regulatory guidance for fire and emergency response departments, and software tools for extracting actionable information from UAS operations. Templates and guidance for developing operations, including standard operating procedures and night operation waivers, is also included.

Attendees must have an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate or be enrolled and attend the sUAS Commercial Pilot Training prior to the UAS Fire and HAZMAT Response Training course.


The well-being and safety of our campus and the community is our top priority. Kansas State University is taking measures to create social distance to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The following courses have COVID-19 restrictions in place. Full details about these requirements will be emailed to course registrants. Please contact with inquiries.

Dates available:

  • February 15-18, 2021 
  • March 8-11, 2021 
  • May 24-27, 2021 

Interested in a date specific to your organization? Contact us to set up personalized training!

Time: Daily times vary, view the UAS Fire and HAZMAT Response Training Schedule for more detail

Location: Kansas State Polytechnic and Crisis City Training Center, Salina, Kansas

Cost: $2800

Organizations sending multiple individuals may be eligible for discounted rates. Please contact for customized quotes for your organization.

Course fee includes course instruction, course materials and notes, aircraft use during flight instruction, and lunch daily. Additional meals, travel, and lodging are not included in the registration fee and are the responsibility of the attendee. Visit our travel page for suggestions on getting to and staying in Salina.

Registration deadline: One week prior to course start date


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