Aircraft and Engines




Fire Management Staff

  •  2 supervisory Area FMOs
  • 10 Regional Fire Management Officers (FMO)
  • Located across the State (see map)
  • Request incident assistance via the State Emergency Operations Line (303-279-8855)

Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA)

  •  2 State-owned, Contractor-operated, fixed-wing aircraft, based at Centennial Airport
  • The aircraft are on duty 365 days per year. During the traditional fire season.
  • The MMA can​ typically launch within 30 minutes of notification and be almost anywhere within the state​ within 45 minutes of launch
  • Requested through State Emergency Operations Line (303-279-8855)

Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT)

  • Beginning of a new 5 year contract cycle in 2018, on 150 day Exclusive Use Contracts
  • These SEATs are the highest performing​ air tankers in the country. 
  • Locations of the aircarft will be based on fire potential and activity
  • Additional Call-When-Needed (CWN) contracts in place with 3 vendors
  • All tactical aircraft ordered per County AOP, through Interagency Dispatch Centers


Helicopters and Helitack

  •  2 Type II standard category aircraft, both with DFPC helitack crews based in Canon City and Montrose
  • Both aircraft will be on 120 day contracts beginning in Canon City and Montrose
  • All tactical aircraft ordered per County AOP, through Interagency Dispatch Centers

Engines and Squads

  • 7 Engines staffed by combinations of DFPC and fire department personnel, available to support local jurisdictions with initial and extended attack.
  • Engines located in Berthoud,​ Lyons, Golden, Central City, Alamosa, Montrose and Rifle
  • Can be requested using local procedures and also through Interagency Dispatch Centers
  • Contact your DFPC Regional FMO for additional information



To request DFPC assistance with a wildfire, call 303.279.8855. For day to day business, contact your Regional FMO.


West Area

Fire Management Officer (FMO): Steve Ellis (Montrose) 970-596-0685

Northwest: Regional FMO: Sam Parsons (Steamboat Springs) 720-556-4247

Colorado River: Regional FMO: Ryan McCulley (Rifle) 970-765-6279

West: Regional FMO: Luke Odom (Montrose) 970-773-4259

Southwest: Regional FMO: Tanner Hutt (Bayfield) 970-787-0880


East Area

Fire Management Officer (FMO): Paul Duarte (Alamosa) 719-850-2387

Northeast: Regional FMO: Matt Branch (Milliken) 970-222-8996

North Central Foothills: Regional FMO: Dan Escobedo (Frederick) 720-413-2917

North Central Plains: Regional FMO: Travis Griffin (Centennial) 303-704-2858

South Central: Regional FMO: Brenda Wasielewski (Divide) 719-963-7838

San Luis Valley: Regional FMO: Devin Haynie (Alamosa) 719-464-5345

South and Southeast: Regional FMO: Joe LoBiondo (Cañon City) 719-466-3341