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F1RST Unmanned System Hangar: A Premier Training Facility for Public Safety Drones

The Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security, and Tactics (F1RST) is proud of the continued success of our state-of-the-art Unmanned System Hangar, located at our Land O’ Lakes campus at 10371 Charles Bo Harrison Way. This cutting-edge facility has been operational for over a year and has become a central hub for advanced training and development in unmanned systems, catering to professionals in the public safety drone and robotics industry.

F1RST Hangar Inside

Our two-story large indoor hangar features a reconfigurable tactical training house, ideal for comprehensive training with drones, robotics, and other unmanned systems as well as drone/robotic/swat/K9 integration. The facility is equipped with an advanced IP-based camera system that streams real-time overhead views from the shoot house onto a large projector screen, enhancing situational awareness and training efficiency. The impressive two-story, 75-foot-wide hangar garage door allows users to seamlessly transition from indoor to outdoor environments.

View from the Unmanned System Tactical House Ceiling Camera
View from the Unmanned System Tactical House Ceiling Camera

Outside the hangar, trainees can utilize various training environments, including two FEMA-rated rubble piles, a human remains field, and a diverse array of infrastructure layouts that mimic both urban and rural settings. These environments provide a realistic and challenging backdrop for honing skills essential for public safety operations.


SPOT Robotic Dog at F1RST Ruble Pile for Public Safety Training
SPOT Robotic Dog at F1RST Ruble Pile for Public Safety Training

The Pasco Sheriff's Office, along with a variety of other local agencies, regularly trains at the F1RST Unmanned System Hangar. This facility has become a cornerstone for first responders, offering specialized training sessions designed to improve operational effectiveness and safety. The F1RST team frequently hosts training events at this location, ensuring that first responders are equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques in unmanned systems.


The F1RST Unmanned System Hangar also hosts a Skydio dock, dedicated to the test and evaluation of Skydio drones, ensuring that trainees are exposed to the latest advancements in drone technology. Additionally, the facility boasts two NOMAD mobile communication and drone command vehicles, equipped with cutting-edge technology from our partners at Skydio and LiveU, offering unparalleled capabilities in mobile drone operations and communications/streaming.


Skydio Dock at F1RST Public Safety Training Center
Skydio Dock at F1RST Public Safety Training Center

Professionals training at F1RST will find this facility to be an invaluable asset, offering unique opportunities to engage with state-of-the-art equipment and innovative training scenarios. The combination of indoor and outdoor training spaces, advanced technology, and specialized equipment sets the F1RST Unmanned System Hangar apart as a premier destination for drone training in the Central Florida area.


Interoperability training with USCG and Pasco Sheriff's Office Drone Team at F1RST
Interoperability training with USCG and Pasco Sheriff's Office Drone Team at F1RST

For those in the public safety drone industry, the F1RST Unmanned System Hangar offers an unparalleled training experience that equips professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their field. We invite you to explore this remarkable facility and take advantage of the exceptional training opportunities available.



For more information check out our upcoming trainings or contact us directly to partner with F1RST or request a training opportunity/partnership.

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