The Center of Excellence is evaluating the capabilities and limitations of satellite-based, handheld devices that transmit messages and tracking information. Devices are currently being tested by DFPC firefighters so that Center of Excellence personnel can gain real-world feedback.
House Bill 15-1129 directs DFPC, through the Center of Excellence, to establish and support a Colorado-specific fire-decision-support system. The state is contracting with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, to develop the system, which will be able to predict fire spread, smoke dispersion, and other fire phenomena up to 18 hours in advance. A stakeholder committee has been assembled to provide guidance as the system is developed.
Maps providing information on DFPC wildland-fire-related efforts are being created by Center of Excellence personnel. Interested parties can view maps and plot their location by downloading the Avenza PDF-Maps app onto their smartphone or other device. Check back regularly for new content!
The CoE is evaluating technologies that will allow firefighters to access digital fire information in areas where reliable Internet connections are unavailable. Specifically, the CoE is assessing technologies with the capability to create a data link from the Multi-Mission Aircraft to fire crews on the ground.