Benefits of fire focused drone training showcased by ConsortiQ in Beyond Blue Lights: programme made in partnership with CFOA and ITN productions

Global drone consultancy company, ConsortiQ demonstrates the benefits of its unique and specialised industrial drone training in new current-affairs style programme ‘Beyond Blue Lights’. The programme was produced in partnership with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and ITN Productions, with the aim to explore the role and importance of the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. In the programme, ConsortiQ showcases its Civil Aviation Authority approved training course that was specifically designed for the fire services.

Introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles and was premiered at the CFOA AGM Autumn Conference and Awards dinner this week. ConsortiQ is proud to feature in ‘Beyond Blue Lights’ alongside other experts in the industry including Fire and Rescue services from across the nation, leading electronics manufacturer, Panasonic and premier fire protection solutions providers, Nittan.

Ben Keene, Director of Operations at, ConsortiQ said, “We are incredibly honoured to be a part of Beyond Blue Lights, and hope that this programme will spread knowledge of the benefits that drone technology can bring to the Fire and Rescue services, as well as other Emergency Services in the UK.”

The programme follows officers from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service as they complete the UAQ-FIRE course from ConsortiQ, designed to teach its candidates the regulations of airspace and potential hazards that may occur when flying a drone, as well as teaching the skills needed to leverage the technology for Fire and Rescue applications. Firefighter John Bourn, upon completing the training, then demonstrates the improved insight that a drone can give to the Fire and Rescue services, using a UAV to assist in a firefighting training exercise.

Matt Harmsworth, instructor at ConsortiQ continued, “It was a pleasure to demonstrate our Fire and Rescue focused drone training course in this informative programme. After viewing, we welcome any further questions that representatives of Fire, or other emergency response organisations may have about the uses of a drone for their specific applications.”

ConsortiQ is formed of leading aviation experts and commercial drone pilots. Using its vast knowledge, the company creates tailored solutions to help businesses utilise the benefits of drone technology to help improve their services. The drone experts offer a series of courses specifically tailored towards the Emergency Services including Fire and Rescue, Search and Rescue and Police.

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About ConsortiQ

ConsortiQ Ltd was incorporated in March 2015 bringing together three leading drone companies and six dynamic individuals. With a history of pioneering safety cases for multi-million dollar US movie productions, filming high profile music videos and with innovative approaches to regulatory training; ConsortiQ leveraged the capabilities and knowledge by merging UAViate Ltd, Cloud12 Ltd and UAV Airways Ltd. ConsortiQ still retain the original brands as ‘shop fronts’ and trading names although they have been wholly subsumed into ConsortiQ Ltd.

About The Chief Fire Officers’ Association

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) brings together all fire and rescue services (FRSs) across the country to promote the effectiveness of the service as whole for the benefit of communities across the country.

CFOA is proud to be the professional voice of the UK FRS, representing the collective views of the profession at a national level through its unique relationship with senior management teams

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About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the corporate, commercial, broadcast and digital sectors. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcastnews programme format, including interviews, news-style items and sponsored editorial profiles.

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