Rich Gatanis began his career in 2003 as a Firefighter/EMT/HazMat Technician with Southern Manatee Fire Rescue located in Manatee County, Florida. In 2015, Rich took on the role of UAS Coordinator at SMFR by creating a UAS program within his agency. Since then, SMFR has become a national leader in developing and implementing policy and best practices for UAS response in hazardous materials and special operations. His innovative and forward thinking led him to develop a device that allows a drone to carry chemical, gas, and radiation detectors into an area to remotely monitor the air in real time using onboard camera systems.
Rich’s passion for UAS in public safety led him to join the team at Flymotion. While at Flymotion he worked closely with many public safety agencies across the country to develop drone programs and provide equipment. His knowledge of policy, training and UAS regulations has helped him assist those agencies in creating their own internal policies and protocols.
Recognizing the need for quality UAS Training in public safety led him to co-find The Unmanned Tactical Group. The Unmanned Tactical Group is a cadre of instructors who are universally recognized in Public Safety with extensive backgrounds in UAS within their own disciplines.