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January 31, 2020 - Hershey, PA

Wolf Administration Highlights Dangers Drones Pose in Emergency Situations

As the popularity of drones continues to increase across the country, the Wolf Administration highlighted the danger these unmanned aircraft can pose to helicopters in emergency situations. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are more than 1.5 million drones registered in the United States, and they are being used for everything from recreation to commercial and military applications.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC), the Department of Health (DOH) and Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport came together at the PSP Academy in Hershey to discuss how drones in the airspace can not only delay connecting individuals to the care or help they need, but also put the operators in harm's way.

"PennDOT is excited about the potential that drone technology holds," said Jennie Granger, PennDOT's Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation. "But as with any new technology, it's critical that safety is at the forefront of the conversation, and that all drone operators follow FAA regulations when operating."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A drone hovers in front of a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter before a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter is pictured before a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dylan Ferguson, the director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Gary Vogue, director of the Special Service Division of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Anthony McCloskey, director at PennDOT Bureau of Aviation, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A drone is pictured before a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Anthony McCloskey, director at PennDOT Bureau of Aviation, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A drone hovers in the air following a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dylan Ferguson, the director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Scott Christensen, chief flight nurse for Life Lion Critical Care Transport, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Randy Padfield, director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17706_DOH_Drone_Safety_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Gary Vogue, director of the Special Service Division of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations, speaks during a press conference, which highlighted the danger drones pose to helicopters in emergency situations, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on Friday, January 31, 2020.