Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE)



Aerial Application of Water Enhancer Study Data Collection Forms


Do you have a project for the CoE? Submit a project request using this form and we'll see if it is something we can look into.


Hot News
Training Opportunity: ALEA Remote Pilot-In-Command Course. The CoE wants to share this training opportunity. The class, put on by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, will be held in Grand Junction on June 20-21. Click here for more information.
March meeting documents have been posted to the CO-FPS Section
We've added a new project: Aerial Application of Water Enhancer Study

Data-Link Project: We've published the Air-to-Ground Data Link: Proof of Concept Test Report, which presents results from our testing of goTenna Pro prototype radios transmitting from the DFPC Multi-Mission Aircraft to ground crews. See the report in the Data-Link Project Section.

sUAS in Public Safety Summit: Copies of presentations published


Our Mission

Our Vision

To protect the citizens, land, and resources in Colorado, the Center of Excellence will research, test, and evaluate existing and new technologies that support sustainable, effective, and efficient aerial firefighting techniques.

The Center of Excellence is the worldwide leader in collaboratively researching and developing innovative technologies and capabilities supporting or related to aerial firefighting.




The Center of Excellence was created in Senate Bill 14-164. During the legislative session, proponents of the Center explained that there is currently no mechanism for determining the efficacy of aerial firefighting and the need exists 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.

 Address:  0375 County Road 352, #2065-A, Rifle, Colorado 81650  Phone: (970) 665-0034