Chief Charles L Werner (Ret), has served 44 years in public safety and is the founder of DroneResponders. Starting his career as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Harrisonburg VA he went on to serve with the Charlottesville VA Fire Dept as a career firefighter for 37 years, serving the last ten years as fire chief.
Following retirement, Chief Werner served for two years as senior advisor and acting deputy state co-ordinator for the Virginia Dept of Emergency Management. Chief Werner has served in numerous local, state and national leadership roles.
Charles is a subject matter expert on FirstNet, Communications, Interoperability, GIS, UAS, Technology supporting DHS and FirstNet. He is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and a contributor to several other publications with more than 120 nationally published articles.