S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo

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S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo


On March 6, 2017, the FDNY launched its first ever tethered drone to respond to a fire in a 6-story building on Crotona Park North in the Bronx. It was a ground-breaking moment. After September 11, 2001, the need for enhanced situational awareness of the incident scene became a priority. Recommendations for improved communication and technology found in the 2002 McKinsey & Company Report, Increasing FDNY’s Preparedness, highlighted the fact that the FDNY should seek the ability to receive audio and video feeds from new Fire Department technology. In this episode, members of the FDNY Drone Unit, Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo explain the evolution of this emerging capability set and the complexity of flying in an urban environment. The FDNY works closely with the FAA to ensure the drone operates safely and adheres to all rules and policies regarding airspace in New York City. Battalion Chief Brian Mulry hosts.