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Apply now for CWFIMA IMT position!  Be apart of an amazing team.

CWFIMA is now accepting applications for IMT position. Click to apply online.

The CWFIMA Board of Directors wants to maintain a cadre of well qualified Type II IMT members to continue the high standard of training we have provided for over 20 years. To meet our goals and build our capacity, we are requesting applications for a minimum 1 year commitment. We anticipate needing several people for each position; as some of you are also valuable instructors and there may be needs for job sharing. The CWFIMA is operated as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, therefore interagency support is very important to a successful academy.  Qualified volunteers who have agency support to apply for the positions below is greatly appreciated but not required.

    Type II Qualified: IC, SOF2, LOFR, PIO2, OSC2, PSC2, LSC2



Applications can be submitted anytime and will be reviewed by the current staff within 2 weeks of submission year round. If selected, your commitment will be for both academies in that calendar year but can be extended up to 3 years.  

Positions will be filled as necessary based on the academy needs and/or locations.

CWFIMA has the right to refuse any application.

The Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy 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. If you would like to make a donation please specify which fund you desire to donate to.

Below are three different funds which accepts donataions. To donate, click on the donate button under the fund and then you will be redirected to the PayPal website, then enter the amount you would like to donate.

Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA) is a Non-Profit educational organization under the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Foundation, established 20 years ago, that provides training to states and localities to prepare, respond, recover and mitigate disasters and incidents using the Incident Command System (ICS).

Why do you need to know about ICS? Because it touches everyone! We live in a complex world in which responding to emergencies, from single incidents to large-scale disasters, often requires cooperation among several agencies and individual emergency responders. Regardless of the size of the incident or the number of agencies involved in the response, all incidents require a coordinated effort to ensure an effective response and the efficient, safe use of resources. To accomplish this, training is the cornerstone that bridges all the personnel, agencies and resources into a manageable system.

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.

Fifteen 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. 

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2019 CWFIMA FOTP Brochure is available for download. The Winter 2020 version will be available at a later date.

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