Drone as First Responder (DFR) is the immediate dispatch of a drone in response to a 911 call for the purpose of real-time aerial situational awareness, in advance of, and to support ground units to enhance safety and improve operational effectiveness.


Some of the key benefits of DFR programs include:

  • De-escalation
  • Real-time situational awareness
  • Consistent daily operations
  • Reduced Response Times
  • Fractional cost of a helicopters
  • Live streaming to Real Time Crime Centers (RTCC), command staff, and authorized personnel

“I would personally like to express my sincere gratitude for all the help Flying Lion, Inc. provided to make this program a reality for our department. This has been a dream for our organization for some time and this partnership was the last piece of the puzzle to make it happen. Your staff is extremely knowledgeable and understands the complexities of law enforcement. DFR has an important role to play in the future of law enforcement. I would be more than happy to talk with anyone about our experience with Flying Lion and the program you have helped us design.”


Flying Lion experience in implementing and establishing DFR programs has created a world-class/cost-effective DFR Rollout Program which ensures success. Utilizing this vast operational knowledge from existing DFR programs, your organization will be able to take advantage of the experience and quickly establish a nationally recognized DFR Program.

This includes:

  • Equipment/Technology
  • Staffing/Personnel Considerations
  • Community Engagement
  • Training and Evaluation


Award winning UAS pilot training includes Part 107 preparation and flight training (including NIST) at your location. Utilizing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework ensures all flight training by Flying Lion meets a nationwide standards. Specialized training can be developed for individual agencies’.

DFR training programs include:

  • Teleoperator Training
  • Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) Training
  • DFR Operational Software Training
  • UAS-specific Training
  • Infrared Training
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“It’s just another set of eyes and ears out there and gives us the ability to get over calls very quickly.”


Multiple agencies are currently contracted with Flying Lion to provide Part 107 certified Remote Pilots in Command (RPIC.) By leveraging private services to support your agencies’ DFR program, you are ensured to have professional pilots at a significantly reduced cost than staffing with agency personnel and sworn officers.

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