GovGuam Public Safety Drone Program In the Works


GovGuam expects to develop a drone program, following a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar contract award.

During a signing ceremony on Friday, the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration awarded a $250,000 contract to procure professional drone services to enhance emergency response capabilities and create a drone program for the Guam Fire Department and the Government of Guam.

The investment in a drone development program is a one-year contract with Tech Center Guam, which will provide GovGuam with a drone fleet as the Guam Fire Department builds its drone capacity.

Director of Bureau of Statistics and Planning Guam Tyrone Taitano explained that the CARES Act funding would also assist in acquiring the necessary licensure and provide certified training for personnel to operate drones.

According to Fire Chief Dan Stone of the Guam Fire Department, the development of the program will aid the emergency response community significantly, as drone operations would make responses more efficient. Furthermore, Stone added that the drones would also help keep firefighters safe during emergencies.

Additionally, to align with the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration’s vision to improve the quality of public services, GFD will partner with other permitting, and regulatory agencies, including the Guam Department of Public Works, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Public Health and Social Services, and Guam Police Department as the program develops.

Art Dolly, President of Tech Center Guam, says advancing technologies offer Guam and its agencies the opportunity to be at the forefront of safer and more efficient methods of opportunity Guam’s community while decreasing the risk of pandemic-related sickness and infections through the use of drones.

Lastly, Dolly thanked support staff from the University of Guam Drone Corps program for their exemplary work.

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.