Inaugural Colorado Emergency Management Academy

This week, the Division launched its' inaugural Colorado Emergency Management Academy. The goal of the Academy is to equip newer emergency managers with hands-on preparedness/mitigation, planning, response and recovery skills to allow them to be confident and competent in handling a disaster in their jurisdiction.  Thirty applicants were accepted to be a part of this first class for 2010/2011 year.

The program schedule spans nine months, anchored by a series of resident courses with one course per quarter until July 2011.  Outside the classroom series, participants must also complete a number of independent study courses online.  In order to be accepted to the program, applicants must complete seven FEMA courses, called the Professional Development Series, as prerequisites in addition to other training.  In July 2011, the participants will attend the culminating training event for a week-long resident set of courses designed to meet the Advanced Professional Series and build strong emergency response skills.

Congratulations to the emergency management cadre selected from across the State of Colorado that includes city, county, higher education, law enforcement and tribal emergency managers and their staff members. DEM's State Training Officer, Robyn Knappe stated “The cross section of talent all in one room is going to be exciting to work with for the coming months. We all look forward to the training series.”

For more information regarding the training course, contact DEM's State Training Officer, Robyn Knappe, at or at (720) 852-6617.