Hot Shots Aerial Photography

Career Experience


Price: 175 /hr

Herriman, Utah

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Derrick has decades of experience as a career firefighter working for the last 29 years for the the Los Angeles City Fire Department assigned at fire station 80 at LAX International Airport. This has provided him with critical insight that allows him to lead emergency aerial response missions in the event of military attacks, fires or other natural disasters. His expertise in this method of gathering crucial data while keeping responders safe can often mean the difference between life and death. Derrick served as a crew leader for the 14-member Los Angeles County flight crew in Malibu. This crew is extensively trained in wildfire submission tactics, has high fitness standards, and requires specialized flight skills. Derrick and his crew flew in Huey helicopters across California to fight fires, often in remote areas with little logistical support. During his career as a firefighter, Derrick gained skills in air-traffic control communication, airport familiarization, HAZMAT standards and arson investigation. He is certified in Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and has over 890 hours of UAS flight time. Derrick J. Ward is the founder and CEO of Hot Shots Aerial Photography, a professional aerial imaging service using advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology to provide clients with critical photos and footage in a variety of industries, including construction, agriculture, real estate and emergency response management. He also have an extensive background with swift water rescue, urban search and rescue. Derrick got his start in the field many years ago when he began flying UAVs as a hobby. As his interest grew, he pursued extensive training in the operation of UAVs, completing Dart Drone Flight School where he mastered flight systems, emergency flight maneuvers and videography. He pursued further training at Drone Pilot Ground School, where he completed UAS training in essential aeronautical knowledge concepts. Derrick has demonstrated a commitment to professional development by teaching a UAS course titled Unmanned Aircraft Systems -Use in Emergency Response Hybrid-New. He was instrumental in helping to develop the first course ever for FDIC Fire Department Instructors conference International. Derrick Ward has served as a lead remote pilot with the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Unmanned Aerial System UAS program and was instrumental in developing and providing the curriculum for the UAS training. Also helping in getting program approval, leading to the gathering of the department’s FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA). He is currently working on the integrating that LAFD UAS Program with the departments Air Operations unit through developing a Aviation Training and Operations Standardization (ATOPS) a program that will safely integrate manned flight operations with the force- multiplying capabilities of Unmanned Aircraft. Additionally, he has developed and is coordinating the Department’s first UAS Operator’s Ground School. This will train firefighters to master the basic UAS skill sets necessary for safe unmanned flight during emergency operations. Certifications & Licenses PC 832 Arrest, Search & Seizure Fire Investigation 1-A, B and C (Certified Arson Investigator) Fire Instructor 1-A, 1-B and 2-A, 2-B (Certified) Fire Fatality (Death) Investigation Hazardous Materials Technician/Specialist 1-A and 1-B (Certified) Emergency & Associates, System for Biodetection LSU Academy of Counter-Terrorist Tactics and Procedures Ramp System for Counter for Counter Terrorism and Biodetection Certificate of Completion, Aerial Postproduction from Cinematic Aerospace Part 107 Certification Safety Management He is an FAA-licensed remote pilot and a master of the Airman Certification Standards, which is constructed around four functional components of a safety management system: Safety policy that defines and describes aeronautical knowledge and risk management as integrated components of the airman certification system Safety risk management processes through which internal stakeholders identify and evaluate regulatory changes, safety recommendations or other factors that require modification of airman testing and training materials Safety assurance processes to ensure prompt and appropriate incorporation of changes arising from new regulations and safety recommendations Safety promotion in the form of ongoing engagement with both external stakeholders and FAA policy division Derrick completed the Aerial Postproduction Course from Cinematic Aerospace. He is proficient at color grading, adding music and transitions, storyboarding, assembling rough cuts, file sharing and collaboration. He is also an Emergency Medical Technician and has completed education with the Federal Emergency Management Association Institute (FEMA) for Incident Command System and initial action incidents. He has completed a Haz-Tec Systems course for familiarization of Weapons of Mass Destruction and biological weapons. Always on the leading edge of technology, Derrick invests extensive resources into the ongoing research and development of aerial imaging and data collection systems. Technology provides a wealth of advantages that will help everyone if used properly.

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Skills: Final Cut Pro, Photography, Aerial Videography, Video Production, Videography, Drone Deploy, Project management, Pix4D, Derrick Ward has served as a lead remote pilot with the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Unmanned Aerial System UAS program and was i

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Pricing / Rates ($)

  • AGRICULTURE - 200/hr
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY - 2185/hr
  • CONSTRUCTION - 195/hr
  • DRONE SPORTS - 185/hr
  • EDUCATION - 175/hr
  • ENERGY - 195/hr
  • ENGINEERING - 200/hr
  • PUBLIC SAFETY - 185/hr
  • REAL ESTATE - 185/hr

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