Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Insert Super Hero Here: YOU! CDPS Calls for Plane-Pull Participants

By Karyn Murphy 
Pulling a 164,000-pound plane?! Who does that? Instantly, a picture of Superman or Wonder Woman comes to mind. Have you ever secretly thought that you, too, are a superhero, and could demonstrate your powers if only given the chance? Or maybe you KNOW you are a superhero, and fight the good fight every day!

Either way, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, Denver International Airport, Signature Flight Support, and Special Olympics Colorado will provide a chance to showcase your powers for good. Special Olympics Colorado’s Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY Restaurants is a giant tug-of-war between your team and a 164,000 lb. airplane. Teams challenge each other to pull a jumbo jet 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time. Each team is asked to raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate. Not only will you have an opportunity to be part of a team of superheroes like yourself, all funds raised help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training and athletic competition to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state of Colorado. A win-win for super heroes of all abilities!

Click Here to Join the CDPS Strong Plane Pull Team (TEAM CSP)

Bring your friends and family out to enjoy the festival-like experience with free sandwiches provided by Subway, a bouncy house, bungee trampoline, Segway ride, and much more.

Interested in making history as part of the first CDPS Plane Pull Team? Register today with TEAM CSP. All CDPS employees, family, and friends are welcome.

Booked to save the planet elsewhere that day, but would like to support the effort? Donate! Even a few dollars can be mighty in strength. Pull together, Win Together!

For more information, contact CSP Sgt. Rob Madden at 303-239-4574.

DHSEM Recognizes Staff Excellence

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) recognized staff achievements in June at an annual award ceremony.

Congratulations to the DHSEM 2017 award winners:
  • Division Director Award: Kristina Bomba 
  • Go To Award: Hart Gillespie and Mark Pettit 
  • Positivity Award: Jennifer Hillmann and Laurie Lindow 
  • Work Smarter Award: Eric Dymond and Michael Haney 
  • Mission Accomplished Team Award: Training and Exercise Team and Subrecipient Monitoring Team




  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Mobilizing to support local communities during Emergencies

    Staff from the Colorado Department of Public Safety were busy supporting local and federal responses to seven separate wildfires burning across the state in July, including the Peak 2 Fire near Breckenridge.

    Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) personnel served in different capacities on the fires' incident management teams; Fire Management Officers, firefighters, engines, aircraft and a Public Information Officer all supported wildfire response efforts. Regional Field Managers and Field Services staff from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) provided direct support and technical assistance in Summit County to help coordinate the Peak 2 response and resources.  The State Emergency Operations Center activated to provide operations, logistics, planning, GIS, and strategic communications services. Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol assisted with road closures and public safety.

    The fires included:
    • Peak 2 Fire, near Breckenridge 
    • Mill Creek Fire, in Routt County 
    • Gutzler Fire, in Eagle County 
    • Peekaboo Fire, in Moffat County 
    • Deer Gulch Fire, in Rio Blanco County 
    • Wilson Fire, in Rio Blanco County 
    • East Rim Fire, in Dolores County
    Meanwhile, these agencies continued to deliver ongoing preparedness operations, trainings, and long-term recovery services. DHSEM staff from Field Services, Recovery and Strategic Communications partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and local jurisdictions on a program to help Colorado communities recover from hail storms and fires earlier this spring. In Jefferson County, Cory Stark, Robyn Knappe and her team worked diligently with local businesses to position them to receive additional support from the SBA from the recent hail storm. In Montezuma County, Trevor Denney and the Recovery team have been assisting with damage assessment for SBA and state agency assistance. And in Lakewood, Recovery staff worked on providing support to residents of an apartment complex where the roof collapsed.

    Responding to disasters and helping people recover from them doesn’t put a halt to the Department's proactive work preparing Colorado communities and agencies for the next one. The Office of Preparedness participated in two Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection (PRND) Training & Exercises in June. The first, held June 20-21 in Eagle County aimed to familiarize local responders with the PRND program, demonstrate operational support to a special event/heightened security event and provide a training opportunity for the National Guard's 8th CST. The second, held June 29 in Fort Collins, engaged about 60 participants, including Colorado State University and Wyoming Civil Support Team. Fran Santagata supported both.

    The DFPC Training Section continued to deliver potentially life-saving training to local firefighters, including live-fire training using the Division's Mobile Live Fire Training Unit.