Media Advisory: Press Conference On Potential Drone Safety Regulations

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LAFD joins federal and city leaders to discuss fire safety and potential drone safety regulations.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas will join Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28), City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Mitchell Englander to discuss how firefighters can continue protecting lives and property in the face of an increasing number of unmanned aircraft systems, a.k.a. drones

Rep. Schiff is exploring all avenues to address this problem and wrote recently to the Federal Aviation Administration on how best to "prohibit this dangerous and irresponsible use of civilian drones, which have already endangered the lives of civilians and firefighters."  Council President Wesson and Councilmember Englander last week introduced a motion directing city agencies to responsibly regulate the use of drones.

Who:    LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas

            LAFD Air Operations Battalion Chief Peter Benesch

            Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)

            Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

            Councilmember Mitchell Englander


What:   LAFD officials, Rep. Adam Schiff and City leaders to talk about the increased use of drones and the

            public safety hazard it can create in firefighting zones.


When:   Wednesday, August 12, 2015

              12:15 p.m.


Where:   Helipad atop City Hall East

             Media should gather on the 18th floor of LAFD Headquarters, 200 N. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and

             will be escorted up two flights of stairs to the helicpter landing pad.

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