Brad Schmidt

Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control: Wildland Fire Technology Specialist

Brad joined the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) in May 2015 as a helicopter crew member, supporting fire-suppression efforts in Colorado and other states through an exclusive use helicopter module. Prior to joining DFPC, Brad worked for the Wyoming State Forestry Division as part of the Wyoming State Helitack crew, an interagency state-sponsored helicopter module.

In his role as Wildland Fire Technology Specialist for the CoE Brad focuses on projects related to geospatial and communications issues that affect wildland fire management. For example, Brad is working to develop ubiquitous data connectivity and app-based situational awareness for wildland firefighters in the air and on the ground. Brad also manages the development of the Colorado Fire Prediction System in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Brad has a master’s degree in Public Administration and Environment/Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming, where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Criminal Justice Department and specialized in issues related to corrections and criminal courts. In addition, Brad has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management, with a minor in Spatial Information Management, from Colorado State University.