Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE)


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
The CoE has releasted the final Satellite Messenger Evalution report. Check it out on the Satellite Messenger Project page.

House Bill 17-1070. This act requires the CoE to conduct a study regarding the integration of UAS into government operations as it relates to public safety. Learn more about the study on the UAS Study Page.

May and August meeting documents have been posted to the CO-FPS Section
We've added a new project: Aerial Application of Water Enhancer Study


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