City of Colorado Springs takes part in FEMA Integrated Emergency Management Course
Thursday, March 20, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Approximately 120 City, local emergency response agency members and military took part in a four-day Integrated Emergency Management Course sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The course culminated with a two-day functional multiple incident/mass casualty exercise scenario that allowed response agencies the opportunity to build the awareness and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans and procedures in the emergency operations center to protect life and property through applications of sound emergency management principles in all phases of emergency management.
“Our city is known for coming together in times of crisis and this is a great opportunity for City staff to further enhance our ability to respond to any emergency,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach.
This course offered a combination of classroom lectures, discussions, small group planning sessions and functional exercises which expose participants to new ideas and increase their awareness of the necessary coordination among other agencies and organizations.
In 2012, the Office of Emergency Management applied to the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), a training component of FEMA, to bring this course to the City of Colorado Springs. By implementing the course locally, it allowed area response agencies an opportunity to collaborate with the City and apply internal resources to a realistic scenario that would enhance their ability to respond to an incident. EMI exercise planners visited with City staff in recent months to develop a realistic crisis scenario the will help prepare responders for the upcoming flash flood and wildfire season, or any major catastrophe.