With green lights flashing, a fleet of unmanned aerial systems — better known as drones — sat at the ready Tuesday morning as Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam learned about new training for emergency services personnel at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Since May, the community college has offered a variety of programs to teach people how to operate the technology, as well as the regulations surrounding their use. One part of the program teaches police, firefighters and other emergency services personnel how to utilize the technology for public safety.

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