Center of Excellence
for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting

At the Center of Excellence we are focused on bringing the technology of the future to the fireground of today.

Center of Excellence
for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting

At the Center of Excellence we are focused on bringing the technology of the future to the fireground of today.

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About the Center of Excellence

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) was created in Senate Bill 14-164. During the legislative session, proponents of the CoE explained that there was currently no mechanism for determining the efficacy of aerial firefighting and the need existed for an innovative, science- and data-focused research entity. For this reason, the CoE was held up as an integral part of ensuring the successful implementation of Colorado's own aerial firefighting fleet. In the years since its inception, the CoE has become the go-to research and development team for projects across the public safety service spectrum.

Mission

The Center of Excellence drives technological advancements to improve firefighting practices and influence innovation across the public safety community.

Vision

The Center of Excellence will overcome Colorado’s natural and manmade obstacles to consistently defy expectations and deliver unparalleled services to the public safety community and the people of Colorado.

Remote Camera Report

In 2020 the CoE upgraded the cache of data link equipment with pan-tilt-zoom cameras and additional radio and solar equipment. This equipment was deployed on the Grizzly Creek and Cameron Peak Wildfires in 2020 for a total of 75 days.

Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera and Data Link Deployment Report: 2020 Colorado Wildland Fires

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