Blanchard2Applied Technology High School hosted a presentation by Jim Blanchard, Sc.D., and Lt. Matt Tiedeman and Matt Ziemkiewicz from the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management on the uses of drones in firefighting, emergency response, and news gathering. They discussed the critical roles that team work and crew communication play in operating drones, and explored how knowledge of drone technology and expertise in its use can play an important role in future employment.


Dr. Blanchard has developed curriculum for high schools and colleges based around Unmanned Autonomous Systems, and has played a critical role in establishing the UAS program at Bergen Community College.