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OEM History

Office of Emergency Management History

Pre-1988
The City's emergency management function was managed by the Disaster Emergency Service Agency, which was administered by El Paso County.
1988
The Colorado Springs City Council directed the Fire Chief to write an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) dedicated to the management of city activities in times of disaster. This action initiated City responsibility for emergency management functions through the Fire Department.
1997
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) consisted of an Emergency Management Program Manager who was responsible for all activities of the office and one Office Specialist who provided clerical assistance to the program manager.
2001
The Pikes Peak Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) was contracted to the City of Colorado Springs through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The MMRS contractor reported to OEM. In December 2001, an Administrative Technician who was responsible for budget and grant administration was added to the OEM staff.
2002
During February 2002, a Fire Department Battalion Chief replaced the Emergency Management Program Manager with the title "Director." In addition, a Fire Department Captain was added to the staff, filling a position authorized as an assistant to the program manager. The Captain carries the title "Emergency Manager." The Director became responsible for the overall administrative functions of OEM, with the Emergency Manager responsible for day-to-day emergency management functions.
2004
Pikes Peak MMRS coordination became the responsibility of a Senior Analyst funded by grant reimbursement through the City. OEM began providing supervisory and organizational support to the position.
2005
In June 2005, the Fire Department hired a civilian OEM Director. The first Law Enforcement Liaison from the Police Department was assigned and co-located with OEM beginning in August 2005. The MMRS program added an Analyst I position during 2005.
2006
OEM assumed responsibility for regional Homeland Security grants as the regional fiscal agent. This additional responsibility resulted in OEM supporting the South Central Region and its staff of one Principal Analyst and a three-quarter time Accountant through grant reimbursement. OEM began providing supervisory and organizational support to these positions.
2007
In June 2006, Police Department representation with OEM increased with the addition of a Patrol Officer to assist the existing Law Enforcement Liaison.