ASC to again host Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Mgt. Academy

(04-12-2012)

The 18th Summer Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA) will be held on the campus of Adams State College June 2-8. This is the fourth time the Academy has been held in Alamosa over the last ten years.

"We are looking forward to our return," said Executive Director Wendy Fischer, who is a resident of the San Luis Valley.

Fischer expects 500 students and staff to attend the Academy and patronize local hotels, restaurants, and shops. Participants will include emergency response personnel from throughout the country, including volunteer, paid, and private sector staff, as well as local, county, state and federal agencies. Classes range from the basics in wildland fire to advanced incident management. Several wildfire courses will utilize local field sites in order to provide an opportunity to put into practice what is learned in the classroom.

The Academy is a cost-effective way to provide nationally recognized, high quality training and instruction in wildland fire and emergency management, instructed by the nation's brightest authorities. CWFIMA works to integrate the efforts of local, state, federal, tribal, private-sector, and non-governmental emergency response organizations, by utilizing the Incident Command System and facilitating a national approach to domestic incident management.

Incident Commander, Todd Richardson said the Academy will be operated on the incident management model, providing students and staff with the necessary training in preparations for future catastrophic events.

Tours of the Incident Command Post are available upon request. VIP Day will occur on Tuesday, June 5. For more information, phone 719-640-6735 or email.