April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Coitt Kessler

Program Manager, Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) Team
Austin Fire Department


Special Operation’s Firefighter Coitt Kessler is a 17 year veteran of the Austin Fire Department and is the Program Manager for AFD’s Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) Team. He is also a founding member and Master Instructor for the IAFF's Fire Ground Survival Program, Chairperson for Local 975's IAFF Wellness Fitness Initiative Committee, and proudly served for eight years in the US Military. Firefighter Kessler is a contributing member of an advisory group for the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) on Standard Test Methods for Response Robots, a work group member for the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission for training and accreditation for UAS, a contributor to the 2017 Congressional roadmap for unmanned systems, and represents the IAFF on the NFPA’s 2400 Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) used for Public Safety Operations.


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