ATLANTA, June 14, 2022 – Skyfire Consulting (Skyfire) (skyfireconsulting.com), the most trusted and experienced public safety UAS consulting group, today announced the completion of a series of advanced drone training courses for federal law enforcement agencies: United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These trainings represent a combination of Skyfire’s platform specific training on the Parrot Anafi Mil aircraft; and Skfyire’s advanced mission specific training. Skyfire also announced the launch of Skyfire Drone Academy— Real-world highly customizable POST certified courses delivering the best and most applicable training for public safety, military/DOD and critical sectors. With basic Part 107 and program development to advanced SWAT, search and rescue (SAR), indoor flight tactics, fire service scenarios, drone as first responder (DFR), and more, Skyfire Drone Academy becomes the gold standard in drone training.
“Skyfire Drone Academy enters to meet the growing demand for mission specific training and builds on our nearly ten years of public safety UAS training experience,” said Matt Sloane, Skyfire founder and CEO. “We’ve assembled a team of world-class trainers who are former law enforcement, fire and military professionals who aim to help agencies and departments get the most out of their drone programs.”
To better serve its clients and accommodate the growing demand for its training, Skyfire has recently promoted Mike Rogers to VP of Public Safety Operations. Rogers retired from a 22-year career as an FBI Special Agent, where he spearheaded the Bureau’s UAS program, and directed both equipment selection, training programs, and operational deployments. Rogers is a United States Air Force and Law Enforcement veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, serving in roles such as Field Training Officer, investigative Special Agent, SWAT team operator, Sniper/Observer, Pilot in Command, Surveillance Team Leader, and Aviation Program Manager. He also has more than 5,000 hours as a manned aircraft pilot in command.
Joining Rogers on the Skyfire Drone Academy leadership team is Chief Security Officer, Mike Briant. Briant is the founder of Skydas Group International, a wide spectrum strategic security consulting and threat management firm. As a former United States Marine, diplomatic security contractor and law enforcement officer, Briant has faced modern-day challenges in combating terrorism both domestically, and in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe; where he provided security for US ambassadors, congressional delegations, multinational corporations and US and NATO military commanders. Briant is well versed and operationally competent in Counter Assault Team Operations, Tactical Support Team Operations, Principal, Personnel and Asset Recovery and extensive traumatic casualty care training.
Skyfire Drone Academy trains on a wide range of UAS and customizes training based on the needs of its clients. The Academy is an official Parrot certified training partner, focusing on manufacturer-level training on Parrot government and military systems and, when needed, civilian systems. Graduates of that program will receive a Parrot Professional Pilot Certificate, specialty education, training, and experience to make the most of the innovative Parrot ANAFI USA and Parrot ANAFI Ai UAV systems.
Skyfire Academy offers training across the country and internationally and class sizes vary depending on the needs of its clients. For more information about Skyfire Academy please visit, https://skyfireconsulting.com/skyfire-about-drone-academy/