To facilitate the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into firefighting and public safety operations, the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) is conducting research to evaluate the use of UAS in Colorado public safety operations. The CoE is evaluating different platforms, sensors, and software to develop information that can be used to help emergency agencies make informed decisions about how to utilize this technology effectively.
Initially, the CoE will support this effort with directed and coordinated response with Colorado public safety partners aimed at developing operational protocols and technical evaluations. The CoE will conduct tests and determine which platform, sensor, and software packages will deliver decision-quality data for specific missions. The goal is to provide decision-quality data in near real-time to Incident Commanders to aid them in making sound tactical decisions, thus improving the safety and efficiency of the response. The UAS program will augment data collected by Colorado's Multi-Mission Aircraft, which will serve and safeguard the people, property, resources, environment, and quality of life in Colorado and provide guidance to partners and the State in integrating UAS into operations.