ORISKANY — The New York State Preparedness Training Center hosted its second annual Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft System Summit this week.

Local, state, federal and international officials, such as first responders, were brought together to share information, complete flight challenges and learn lessons with regards to the use of UAS — or drone — technology to support public safety missions. 

The summit ran Tuesday and Wednesday and included discussion on a broad spectrum of topics, as well as a "skills day," which took place Wednesday. Here, participants competed in training scenarios designed to test piloting and usage abilities.

Some of the simulated scenarios included alternative take-offs and landings, drownings in water currents, collapsed structure search-and-rescue, and indoor flights inside a staged mall crime scene.

Terry Hastings, the senior policy adviser for the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said this year was the first time they incorporated the "skills day" portion of the event for four teams to participate during the second day.

“Each one of these scenarios has a training benefit to it, but there’s a competitive element as well,” Hastings said. “This makes it fun and challenging."