FREE for Emergency Services Personnel and Blue Light Card Holders

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We have made our 'Blue Light' course free for all Emergency Service Drone Teams and Blue Light Card Holders to ensure that you know and understand the requirements of the Emergency Service Exemptions, as well as best practices for Thermal Imagery and Missing Person searches using Drones.
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What will I be taught in this course?

Going beyong the General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC)

  • Emergency Service Exemptions

    The Emergency Services can use an Exemption to the standard 'Drone Laws' in certain circumstances. We teach you what you can do, when you can do it, and what you need to do to stay legal.

  • Thermal Imagery

    Deciphering a thermal image requires knowledge and practice. We teach you the theory behind thermal imagery, things to look out for and best practice when using infrared technology.

  • Missing Persons

    Searching for a missing person using a drone is not just about putting your drone up and hoping for the best. You need to plan, coordinate and be as accurate in your search as possible. We give you best practices and guidance for missing person search operations.

Course curriculum

    1. About this course

    2. CPD Certificate

    1. Introduction to the course

    2. Introduction to Chris Rainford

    3. Scope


    5. Overview of the Exemption

    6. What is the Exemption?

    7. Specifics

    8. Requirements

    9. Training

    10. Training advice

    11. Due Diligence

    12. Examples of use of the Exemptions

    13. Summary

    14. Quiz

    1. Scope

    2. Heat Transfer

    3. Thermal Imagery Theory

    4. Infrared Cameras

    5. RAT - Reflect, Absorb and Transmit

    6. Contrast

    7. Display

    8. Tone

    9. Limitations

    10. Transmission and Residue

    11. Summary

    12. Quiz

    1. Scope

    2. Missing Persons

    3. POLSA

    4. Search Strategy

    5. Mobilising

    6. Action on Arrival

    7. Action on Arrival continued

    8. Search Plan

    9. Search Terrain Overview

    10. Search Terrain - Woodland

    11. Search Terrain - Dog + Drone Techniques

    12. Search Terrain - Coastal

    13. Search Terrain - Moorland

    14. Search Terrain - Railways

    15. Search Terrain - Marshland

    16. Search Terrain - Quarries

    17. Search Terrain - Open Water

    18. Search Terrain - Urban Areas

    19. Summary

    20. Quiz

    1. Feedback

    1. Flight Training

    2. In Person Tuition

About this course

  • Free
  • 51 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content


  • Is this course availble to the public?

    This course is available for purchase by a member of the public, however, it is offered free to authorised Emergency Service Providers and Blue Light Card Holders. This is a free course for the emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance) and is delivered with our General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) course.

  • Is there a formal examination?

    There is no formal examination as part of the course, but there are quizzes at the end of each module to ensure that you have clearly understood the content.

  • Do I get a certificate?

    Yes, you will get a Certificate of completion at the end of the course

  • How was this course developed?

    This course has been developed between UAVHUB and the ex-head of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services UAS Department to assist with the education of other Emergency Service UAS teams.

  • How is the course taught?

    The course is taught primarily through Video E-learning, supplemented with some reading materials.

  • Is there any practical or in person training?

    No, this course is purely E-learning and there is no practical training for the Emergency Services. If you would like to organise Emergency Services Practical Training for your team, email and we'll be happy to assist.

  • Why is this course free?

    We have made this course free for the Emergency Services to provide the most cost-effective route for your teams to know best practices when operating drones as part of the Emergency Services.