Our mission is to monitor the environment and identify
emerging threats before they become unmanageable.
FireWatch uses multispectral imaging technology to provide solutions for their clients.
Richard W. McCreight is an environmental scientist, commercial pilot, and business owner. He began his career fighting and researching wildfires for the U.S.F.S. Fire Science Lab in Riverside, CA. That research led to NASA sponsored projects monitoring global environmental impacts and tracking environmental changes across regions using aircraft and satellite image data.
Richard has over 25 years of aerial imaging experience in Environmental Monitoring, Crisis Management, Geo-Intelligence Analysis, and Airborne Operations Management. He has worked extensively in the government, academia and commercial sector. Richard has a B.S. in Physical Geography/Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside, and a M.S. in Forest Physiology from Oregon State University.
Richard’s career highlights include the mapping of the Panama Canal for the Department of Defense and surveying floods in Venice, Italy for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has documented numerous national disasters for the National Science Foundation including California wildfires and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Richard won the USAF Commander’s Challenge for tracking arms and drug smugglers using aerial imaging technology.
Gus Calderon is an earth scientist and commercial pilot with 25 years of aviation experience. He has over 3,100 hours of flight time and has owned and operated an FAA certified air charter operation. Gus owns and flies a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that has been modified for aerial mapping missions. Gus has been flying aerial survey flights missions for environmental monitoring, natural land management, and wildfire risk mitigation.
Graduating with a B.S in Geology from Boston College and a M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona, Gus began his career working for an environmental consulting firm where he performed mineral and material identification with electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Gus has obtained accreditation from several government agencies including NIST, NRC and the EPA.
Gus is an early adopter of drone technology for scientific applications. Since 2009 he has been developing custom drones and integrating sensors for environmental monitoring. Gus uses drones for “ground truthing” of aerial data acquired from full-size aircraft. He also has an extensive background in aerial cinematography and aerial video production.
Andrew Laney has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. He volunteered in Business Development in the Republic of Vanuatu for the U.S. Peace Corps where he established a local eco-tourism board and trained locals in the fundamentals of eco-tourism.
In 2016, he received his Master of Education degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and became a Social Studies teacher at a San Diego based charter school.
He is currently pursuing a degree in Geographic Information Systems at Palomar College. He brings his new skillset to the FireWatch Team and helps with cartography, analysis, and product development.
FireWatch owns and operates a Beechcraft Bonanza for aerial mapping missions throughout southern California. The Bonanza is fitted with sensors for multispectral imaging.
FireWatch uses the team enterprise approach to business and collaborates with
other professionals to achieve similar goals.