Avwatch names Ray Chaney to Operations Team

Avwatch names Ray Chaney to Operations Team

Avwatch (www.avwatch.us), a Plymouth, MA, business delivering aerial reconnaissance, real-time motion video and tactical networking services to government and commercial clients, announces Ray Chaney as a member of the Operations Team.


Chaney, a resident of Alpine, California, will operate from the greater San Diego area.  He brings 30 years of emergency command experience with CAL FIRE, the third largest fire department in the nation, to his post with Avwatch.  Chaney served as one of 12 Incident Commanders in the state of California, leading an Incident Command team through numerous major events.


Chaney’s extensive experience in large-scale disaster management, coordination and training includes service with distinction in the 2003 Cedar Fire, Hurricane Katrina and the 2007 fire siege that struck southern California.


His positions while at CAL FIRE included Battalion Chief of Technology Development and Battalion Chief of Special Operations.  Most recently he served as Fire Chief of the San Miguel Fire Protection District.


“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ray to our Operations Team,” said Avwatch Founder Chris Kluckhuhn.  “His vast experience in emergency command, strong work ethic, communication skills and leadership qualities make him a highly valued member of our organization.”


About Avwatch

Avwatch is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), which harnesses innovative and proven technologies to support, enhance, and train federal, state and local government agencies in support of homeland security and disaster recovery. The company’s unique airborne platform permits homeland security professionals the freedom to interact directly with aircraft, generate requested flight routes, specify data to be collected and precisely control the onboard camera sensors. Communications between the ground user and aircraft are internet-provided, allowing the user and aircraft to communicate in real time.  This facilitates immediate aircraft tasking and retrieval of data and imagery updates from anywhere in the world, at any time.


Avwatch provides homeland security professionals with a low-cost solution capable of conducting routine patrols efficiently and effectively. The company was founded in 2008 by Chris Kluckhuhn, a former Coast Guard rescue pilot with two homeland security master’s degrees. Kluckhuhn’s successes in improving operational processes and technologies have been nationally recognized by Government Computer News for visionary leadership and by the Coast Guard as a leader in innovation.


The Avwatch team consists of nationally recognized homeland security experts who are well-versed in military, federal, state and local disaster response planning and response protocols. Avwatch technology has been used to assist in oil cleanup following the 2010 explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, where they provided high-quality streaming video to the US Coast Guard, BP and authorities to assist with oil spill cleanup. The company also provides training for US Air Force Pilots prior to overseas deployment, and has been instrumental in rescue during extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes. Avwatch maintains headquarters at 246 South Meadow Road, Plymouth, MA, and serves a national client base. The company also maintains a Tactical Operation Center in Nevada to support West Coast operations for the Massachusetts-based company. For additional information, please visit www.avwatch.us or call 774-247-0001.




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