First Responders SAR Workshop Registration

If you are a certified member of a LEA or Emergency Management and Incident Response group please click here to register

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Each SAR day is an independent event, and will consist of a 3 hour +/- workshop at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, followed by a demonstration at Treasure Island. Transportation is not included, we would encourage people to coordinate, if possible.

Featuring Gene Robinson of Wimberley (TX) Fire Department and Drone Pilot, Inc. and co-speaker John Buell

  • “Grandfather of Drone Search and Rescue” (Drone SAR)
  • 13 rescues/recoveries with drones
  • Author of First To Deploy
  • Drone SAR experince from 30 states and 6 countries
John Buell

John Buell

Gene Robinson

Gene served as Chief UA Pilot for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Wild land Urban Fire Research Project (WUI) from 2013-2015. He wrote the first successful Certificate of Authorization (COA) granted to a county jurisdiction for Hays County, TX, in 2007. He has worked with higher learning institutions including San Diego State University’s Visualization Lab on drone development, Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Program on cadaver detection, and University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire’s campus on UA development, use, and GIS, among others. He is the co-founder of the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association (RCAPA). He has been assigned “Air Boss” during the devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015 in Wimberley, Texas, and continues to be the Chief UA Pilot for the Wimberley Fire Department. Gene has an active FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly the Spectra in the NAS.

John Buell

John is regarded as an “Expert Operator and Design Specialist of Small Unmanned Air and Ground Systems.

He has over 20 years of experience as a Peace Officer in Austin Texas working in the Bomb Squad as a Chemical/Biological/ Radiological Specialist, Organized Crime Division, Clandestine Lab Response Team,  Public Safety Recovery DIVE Team, and Specialized Patrol Division/SAR Team. John has served 14 years as a member of our Armed Forces serving the last 6 years with the 6th Weapons Of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team Texas Army National Guard.

Honorably discharged as a disabled veteran from a knee injury. John has been building and flying radio controlled fixed-wing and multi-rotor hover platforms and devotes much of his free time volunteering to promote public safety uses of robotics for life saving.

John Buell has designed a turn key SUAS Flight Team Training Program for professional minded organizations and businesses seeking to insource SUAS operations.

The Drone Pilot Flight Team cadre, made up of public safety professionals have completed missions all over the US and overseas for a wide range of clients to include AMD computers, 3DR Robotics, Malibu Boats, and Blue Origin Rocket Company.

John Buell has created a COPYRIGHTED  Public Safety UA flight team standard operating manual that’s currently being used by FIRST RESPONDERS in Texas.