It all began in 1994 when the Colorado offered its first academy-style training at La Foret Camp in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs. A total of 5 courses were offered and approximately 90 people from local agencies attended the 3-day event. In 1995 we headed to the town of Eagle. Using various locations in town, 10 courses were provided. A total of 225 people attended the 5-day event. In 1996 the name “Colorado Wildfire Academy” was born. This Academy brought almost 600 people from 12 states, representing all levels of government and private enterprises. Held in Buena Vista, the event lasted 6 days offering 20 courses. This Academy marked 5 major changes in operation.