Rugby coach becomes firefighting drone coach

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Screenshot from the Boise State video below.

After 20 years on the frontline fighting wildfires across the nation, Boise State alumnus and men’s rugby coach Matt Dutton was ready for a change. In 2014, Dutton and his family moved to Boise and he took a job in training and development with the National Interagency Fire Center, recruiting and teaching firefighters to become drone pilots in the center’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program.

2 thoughts on “Rugby coach becomes firefighting drone coach”

  1. I saw a wonderful presentation on the use of UAVs on fires in Alaska a couple of weeks ago during our 2019 Fall Review. There is much promise with the use of these for recon and burn outs. I’m glad to see Coach Dutton leading the way, and wish that I had played for him or with him back in the day.

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