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Responding to a Drone Incident as a First Responder

Gain essential first responder skills to help you manage the emerging and increasing threat of a drone attack.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Develop a solid understanding of drones

With the increase in the use of drones, there has also been an acceleration in drone incidents. Because of this, it’s extremely important to understand how to respond to this growing area of concern.

On this two-week course, you’ll discover the practices of responding to and investigating a drone incident. Drone incidents are defined as the illegal use of a drone which may result in the drone crashing, or being crashed deliberately, into an asset.

By the end, you’ll have a firm understanding of drones and know how to respond to incidents as a first responder.

Explore different drone types

You’ll start by gaining an overview of drones and their role in the modern world.

Unpacking different types of drones, you’ll explore drone data, drone legislation, and safe drone operation.

Receive first responder guidance for dealing with a drone attack

Next, you’ll discover the first responder guidance for dealing with a drone incident. This includes initial response, receipt of information, crime scene processing, and safety procedures.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to administer emergency care, secure and control persons and potential evidence, and turn over control of the scene to the investigators in charge.

Learn to establish an incident command system

Finally, you’ll gain the skills to successfully establish a command post, known as an incident command system.

This will help you manage witnesses, document actions, and conduct a scene assessment. What’s more, you’ll also learn how to create boundaries and conduct a scene walk-through to ensure your initial documentation is correct.

By the end of this course, you’ll know the process of investigation into a drone incident and the actions you should take as a first responder.


  • Week 1

    Introduction and overview of drones.

    • Introduction

      Where this course comes from, the intended audience and how to apply the document.

  • Week 2

    First Responder Guidance.

    • First Responder Guidance.

      This is where you will learn about the guidance for first responders on how to respond to a drone incident.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge of drone types and payloads
  • Know how to respond to a drone incident as a first responder
  • Manage a crime scene involving a drone incident
  • Conduct Scene Walk-Through and Initial Documentation

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for first responders or those who may be responsible for responding to drone incidents.

It’s also suitable for those with an interest in drone technology and the protection of assets from drone attacks.

No prior knowledge or experience is required. You’ll learn unique and valuable skills in this new and growing area of concern.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Joel Spencer is CEO and co-founder of The Institute for Drone Technology.

Who developed the course?

The Institute for Drone Technology

The Institute for Drone Technology helps ensure drone technology is integrated legally and safely. We provide Drone Training across Australia and the world.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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