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Dedicated to meeting the training needs of fire, emergency medical, law enforcement, and other emergency management agencies and personnel nationwide.

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Support Firefighter Gettel organized by Andrew Triolo

The CWFIMA Benefit Fund was established to help anyone in the wildland fire family who is dealing with illness, injury, or financial hardships. Firefighter Drew Gettel was diagnosed with a brain tumor requiring surgery that his insurance may not cover. In addition to his duties at the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Drew has also been a student and instructor for the CWFIMA. The CWFIMA Benefit Fund has contributed $3,000 to help fund Drew's medical bills.

A Go Fund Me account has also been set up at : gf.me/u/x3gn3z

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We are extremely disappointed to have had to cancel our summer academy and will miss everyone.

Attached is a newsletter with current CWFIMA information and upcoming events. We will continue with these on a regular basis to keep you all informed.

Take care of yourselves and those around you.

Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy Wendy Fischer
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One of our own is going through a tough time; please help if you can. If you’re not in a financial position to give (and we all understand during the COVID pandemic), then please send Drew some prayers.

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Register now for the 2020 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference! Register by June 30th and get a free t-shirt!

Bureau of Land Management Fire and Aviation

#ReadyForWildfire: Celebrated the first Saturday in May each year, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day helps raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to help protect homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts. #WildfirePrepDay #WildfirePreparednessWeek

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Friday May 1, 2020

NIMO has been involved for some weeks now, with the development of a fire/COVID-19 simulation to help IMT's and Agency Administrators prepare for fire in the new COVID environment this coming summer. If you wish to take part in one of the regional simulations, please contact your GATR..

Here is the link to the Briefing Paper about the sim. We encourage you to download the PDF and email to those who might be interested in participating.
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COVID-19 Wildland Fire Simulation Development and Delivery
Date: April 27, 2020

Summary: Fire and Aviation Management (FAM), Workforce Development, Risk Management, Human Dimensions-Rocky Mountain Research Station, and National Incident Management Organization are collaborating to develop and deliver a late spring 2020 COVID-19 Wildland Fire Response Simulation.

The intended audience is Line Officers, Type 3 and higher complex Incident Management Teams (IMTs), and community partners. The intent of this virtual simulation is to facilitate dialog with Line Officers and IMTs on the use of Best Management Practices to make informed decisions, while providing an opportunity to evaluate and learn from those decisions. The exercise will highlight leadership principles and concepts, risk assessment processes, Gifford Pinchot’s Maxims, agency policy and direction; all within a complex fire situation under the constraints of a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) environment where participants will perform functional and team responsibilities.

The simulation will provide for both Operational Risk assessment and Quantitative Risk evaluation using the Risk Assessment Worksheet (RAW, and tools such as the atlas of Potential Control Locations (PCL), Suppression Difficulty Index (SDI), and asset layers.

This simulation will also prepare Line Officers and IMTs to use a whole host of decision tools including the 2020 Chief’s letter, Leadership Stance and Habits, and Center for Disease Control guidance, while evaluating decisions based on Social, Political, Health, and Safety considerations. Each simulation will be broken into two parts:
1) Morning session consisting of education, policy, guidance, and information
2) Afternoon session is the simulation with practical exercises

The Simulation will break participants into four teams to include representation of Line Officer(s), IMT Command and General Staff section chiefs, and partners, totaling no more than10 people per team. Delivery will be through Adobe Connect and will begin with Alpha and Beta test deliveries. Each delivery will be followed by an After Action Review (AAR). Closed captioning capabilities are available with at least a 48-hour notice prior to delivery. Below is the tentative schedule.
1. May 6 - Alpha delivery to Field Command School and NATP students
2. Week of May 11 Beta delivery to Regions 8 and 9
3. Week of May 18 Delivery to Regions 3 and 10
4. Week of May 25 Delivery to Regions 2 and 5
5. Week of June 1 Delivery to Regions 4 and 6
6. Week of June 8 Delivery to Region 1

Regional Training Officers will be advertising for, and prioritizing, participants for each simulation.

Please contact Jay Winfield at [email protected] or 208-993-0768 for additional information.

Fire Adapted Colorado

It's Wildfire Awaredness Month #COWildfireAware2020. Share how you're promoting wildfire awareness to #BeFireAdapted in your community in the comments. Then re-post the challenge to your page and tag some friends to promote wildfire awareness this week! If you missed it, May 2 is #WildfirePrepDay. If you'd rather do something to prepare your home and neighborhood than just be aware, post and share the previous #BeFireAdapted challenge to "Prepare Your Community for Wildfires!" It's always a great time to #GetReadyforWildfire.

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Due to the current guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Foundation Board and Academy Coordinators are regrettably cancelling the 2020 Summer Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy, which was scheduled for June 1-7th at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle.

In reviewing the county reopening guidelines issued by the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO), it simply will not be feasible to continue with emergency management and wildfire training this summer. Our top priority is your health and safety, so this decision - while difficult - is the right thing to do.

We will begin planning for the 2021 Winter CWFIMA. This academy will be held at the University of Colorado Springs (UCCS), January 4-10, 2021 and may even extend a few days to better accommodate anticipated changes.

Stay safe, healthy and remember to take care of yourself in these uncertain times. We look forward to seeing you in January 2021!

2020 SUMMER CWFIMA ACADEMY EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 10!

Regular Registration Fee: $79 per day (prior to May 10th))

Late Registration Fee: $89 per day (if after May 10)

IMT Trainees: $45 per day

IMT Trainees will work with qualified IMT members to accomplish jobs in their 'taskbook'. Command & General Staff, Plans, Logistics, Information and limited Finance positions are available. Trainees will be required to commit to a minimum of 4 days.

A full downloadable schedule and trainee applications are available on the website: www.cwfima.org

CWFIMA provides a great opportunity for trainees working on taskbooks to receive on-the-job training and evaluation working under qualified Type 1 and Type 2 Command & General Staff.

The CWFIMA is considered a Type 2 incident for training purposes and complexity. All sections at provide a very realistic experience. You must commit a minimum of 4 days in order to provide adequate opportunities for position task book (PTB) assignments.

Download nomination form and scholarship applications at www.cwfima.org.

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Register now for summer academy at www.cwfima.com. There is a deferred payment option available. We are monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic to determine any changes to academy at the end of April. Thank you!

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Looking for some NWCG courses to round out your skill set? Need to get your Red Card? Here's the full list of NWCG courses being offered at the Summer 2020 Academy in New Castle, CO:

D-110 (Expanded Dispatch Recorder w/intro to IROCC Session A): June 1-3

D-110 (Expanded Dispatch Recorder w/intro to IROCC Session B): June 4-6

FI-210 (Wildland Fire Origin & Cause Determination): June 1-5

ICS-300 (Intermediate ICS: ICS For Supervisors & Expanding Incidents (I-300, G300, H465) ***Qualifies for Colorado POST Credit!***): June 1-3

ICS-400 (Advanced ICS: ICS for Command & Gen. Staff & Complex Incidents (I-400, G400, H467) ***Qualifies for Colorado POST Credit!***): June 4-5

L-280 (Followership to Leadership-Session A): June 4-5

L-280 (Followership to Leadership-Session B): June 6-7

L-380 (Fireline Leadership): June 1-5

S-130/190 (Firefighting Training & Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior - Session A (Includes I-100 & L-180)): June 1-5

S-130/190 (Firefighting Training & Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior - Session B (Includes I-100 & L-180)): June 3-7

S-130/190* Online (Firefighting Training & Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior *Review & Field Day ONLY! Note: Must successfully complete online course to attend. Includes overnight camping): June 6-7

S-131 (Firefighter Type 1): June 1-2

S-200 (Initial Attack Incident Commander): June 6-7

S-211 (Pumps & Water Use): June 5-7

S-212 (Wildland Fire Chain Saws): June 1-5

S-215 (Fire Operations in the Wildland / Urban Interface): June 1-3

S-219 (Firing Operations): June 4-6

S-230 (Crew Boss (Single Resource)): June 1-3

S-231 (Engine Boss (Single Resource)): June 4-5

S-260 (Interagency Incident Business Management-Session A): June 1-3

S-260 (Interagency Incident Business Management-Session B): June 4-6

S-270 (Basic Air Operations): June 1-2

S-271 (Helicopter Crew Member): June 3-5

S-290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior): June 3-6

S-300 (Initial Attack Incident Commander): June 4-6

S-330 (Task Force / Strike Team Leader): June 1-3

S-339 (Division / Group Supervisor): June 1-3

Schedule subject to change; please check for updates online. Download nomination form and scholarship applications at www.cwfima.org.

All courses run approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See course descriptions online for prerequisites. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Early registration ends May 10, 2020.

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Check out these skill specific courses at this summer’s Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy:

CO-WIMS-FPS (CO Fire Prediction System & Situational Awareness Workshop): June 6

FWPT/RAMP (Fixed Wing Parking Tender & Ramp Manager): June 2-3

RTCM/MXMS (Retardant Crew Member & Mix Master ): June 4-5

UTV (UTV / ROV Basic Driver Course Session A): June 5

UTV (UTV / ROV Basic Driver Course Session B): June 6

Schedule subject to change; please check for updates online. Download nomination form and scholarship applications at www.cwfima.org.

All courses run approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See course descriptions online for prerequisites. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Early registration ends May 10, 2020.

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What classes are you interested in taking this summer? How about some of these DHS-FEMA courses:

L-950 (NIMS All-Hazards Incident Commander): June 1-5

L-964 (NIMS All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader): June 1-5

L-970 (NIMS All-Hazards Supply Unit Leader): June 1-5

L-975 (NIMS All-Hazards Finance / Admin Unit Leader): June 4-6

MGT-383 (Emergency Operations Plans for Rural Communities): June 1

MGT-415 (Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities): June 2

O-305 (Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management): June 1-5

Schedule subject to change; please check for updates online. Download nomination form and scholarship applications at www.cwfima.org.

All courses run approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See course descriptions online for prerequisites. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Early registration ends May 10, 2020.

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The UAVWF Board and Academy Staff continue to prepare for the 2020 Summer Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy to be held June 1-7th at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle, CO.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will evaluate by the end of April regarding any changes to the summer academy. Online registration is open at www.cwfima.org

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CWFIMA Summer Brochure_2020.pdf

The 2020 Summer Academy brochure is now available for download...check it out!

DATES: June 1-7, 2020

LOCATION: Coal Ridge High School
35947 US-6
New Castle, CO 81647

Register by May 10, 2020 for EARLY BIRD RATES!

A downloadable version of the full Summer 2020 brochure is available on the website, or at https://bit.ly/CWFIMAsummer2020.

TO REGISTER VISIT: www.cwfima.org.

Tuition includes breakfast and lunch!

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[03/02/20]   Registration is now open for the 2020 Summer Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy.

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Students work through a series of problem-solving challenges during the L-280, Followership to Leadership course at #CWFIMA. This is a recommended course for firefighters preparing to step into a leadership role and those who want to qualify as a single resource boss.

Logistics Section staff continued an annual #CWFIMA tradition on Thursday, honoring the work of Charlie “Papa” Rossi. Rossi would help the newest members of the firefighting community with gear they can use on the fire line.
The section raised $140 to purchase gift cards from Kinsco Public Safety Supply and The Supply Cache. They also donated gear that was raffled off during the S-130/190 Firefighting Training & Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior class.
Charlie Rossi, AKA the “Logsfather,” always put firefighters first during his nearly 30 years with the Colorado State Forest Service. He was famous at CWFIMA for the gifts that he gave to S-130/190 students.

Saturday's news!

L-381 students run through difficult scenarios as they develop incident leadership skills at the 2020 #CWFIMA Colorado Springs. Throughout the week, these emerging leaders gain leadership experience in a time-constrained and rapidly changing incident environment, says Instructor Carl Donelson, Mission-Centered Solutions, Inc.

Please don’t forget to go visit your vendors in Berger Hall today. Some will be leaving today and tomorrow morning. Help support them while they support you! #CWFIMA

There are a lot of great items in the Silent Auction to bid on. Bidding ends at 1715 today! Please stop by Berger Hall in the University Center and place you’re bids. Proceeds go to the CWFIMA Benefit Fund. #CWFIMA

Check out the vendors in Berger Hall TODAY if you're planning on purchasing gifts or gear. A few of our vendors will be packing up tomorrow, so this could be your last shot to shop.

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Celebrating 25 years!

Twenty-five years ago, a group of emergency responders from varied response disciplines, founded the Colorado Wildfire Academy and Great Plains Wildfire College realizing the need to provide National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Incident Command System (ICS), and other quality emergency management courses.

Students, instructors, staff, vendors, and other friends of the Academy come from all over North America to attend world-class training, work on position taskbooks for Incident Management Team (IMT) and wildland firefighting, and network with like-minded professionals. Check out www.cwfima.com for more information, view the class schedule, sign up for a trainee or staff slot, etc.

The Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA) is hosted under the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Foundation, INC. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Academy is operated through grant dollars and registration fees.

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