Monday, November 21, 2016

Emergency Management Academy Graduates 46 Professionals

On Nov. 17, 2016, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management graduated 46 Emergency Managers from across the state from its 2016 Emergency Management Academy.

The program for new and existing emergency managers consists of training opportunities and courses that are developed to be Colorado specific and tailored to show Colorado processes. Participants attend a series of three-day sessions spread out over the course of seven months. The academy provides networking opportunities with emergency managers and professionals across the state.  It culminates with a day and a half final Emergency Operations Center exercise.
Participants engage in an emergency exercise.

The program began on May 10, 2016, and all courses were held at the State Emergency Operations Center in Centennial. DHSEM provides the academy at no cost to participants.

The Colorado Emergency Management Academy provides the knowledge, tools and processes for local emergency managers in the state of Colorado to be successful leaders in their profession and local communities. The academy allows the students to develop skills and capabilities that allow them and their partners to provide sound consequence management operations, during and after their disaster incident.

This is the 6th year DHSEM has hosted the academy. Since its founding in 2010, approximately 150 emergency managers have completed the intensive training.

Having a Colorado-focused training academy allows the students to understand the unique geographic, rural, urban, and governmental challenges in Colorado. By understanding these challenges, our emergency managers, their partners and communities are better prepared to respond to and recover from any of Colorado's threats or hazards.

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