TRAINER & SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT - PUBLIC SAFETY PILOT COURSE
Mr. Gifford is a Public Safety UAV Subject Matter Expert (SME) and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Applied BioTech, as well as a Fire Science degree. Ryan holds a FAA Remote Pilot certificate and multiple FAA Part 107 Certificates of Waiver. He specializes in over-water UAV Search and Rescue, and payload delivery, as well as guideline, policy and program development. He is a Captain/Paramedic with one of the largest fire agencies in Sacramento, is the UAV Program Manager for that agency, and is the coordinator for the Sacramento Regional UAV Operators Group, which is comprised of over 33 regional Law and Fire agencies across 4 counties in the greater Sacramento Region, including several California State agencies. He has presented to, and trained, public safety UAV pilots across many parts of the country and has assisted multiple public safety agencies in developing their own training program. He is also a regular speaker at major UAS events around the country.