Who We Are

Training for the Future, Now

The UAS Center at SBD provides training to public safety employees on all aspects of UAS, including pilot training, maintenance/repair and systems integration. It offers a secure location for companies to research, develop and test their UAS technology. The Center also serves as a workforce development catalyst, offering programs to youth which prepare them for jobs in the rapidly evolving UAS technology sector.

The Center is run by the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) under a permit from the San Bernardino International Airport and the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center and has an Advisory Committee. Working group members include:

  • IVDA
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Bernardino County Fire
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Unical
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • Local technology companies

Our Three Pillars

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The UAS Center is a secure location where companies can test and improve their proprietary UAS technology. The Center’s Technology Transfer Department facilitates technology transfer as well as commercialization and investment. The Center provides thought leadership on regulatory development and reform.

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Creating Safer Communities

The UAS Center enables first responders to increase their efficiency and effectiveness by providing training on the use and integration of UAS technology into their operations.

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Advancing Our Workforce

Youth and young professionals are introduced to the full scope of UAS technology career opportunities, including pilot certification, UAS maintenance/repair, systems integration, public safety applications and much more.

Leading the Way for Public Safety

Our Center will become the leading UAS research, development and training hub in the nation, unique in its focus on public safety and delivering thought leadership and policy expertise to all levels of government. We will earn the trust of our clients by delivering to them a complete range of the highest quality services and training that is uniform, standardized and consistent.

The use of UAS technology for public safety is already significant and is rapidly increasing. Goldman Sachs recently estimated that the global drone-related firefighting industry is up to $881 million.Approximately 20% of the 347 US public safety agencies that purchased drones in 2009-early 2017 were fire departments.