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Here we provide updates and news about our training academy.

MEDIA NOTES:

  • PIO staff will be available during academy week to provide tours and set up interviews with key academy personnel and attending students. Please contact us for information regarding these opportunities.
  • 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).

2021 CWFIMA Winter Academy

The 2021 CWFIMA Winter Academy is scheduled for Jan 4-10, 2021. We will be returning to UCCS in Colorado Springs.

Do you have a class you are in need of or would like to see offered?
If you have any special needs please send us an email so we can look into adding it to the next academy curriculum.

Become a member of our Staff or Instructor Cadre
We are always looking for new members to join our staff and instructor cadre at the Academy . If this is something you would be interested in please email Wendy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Conferences & Trainings

Colorado Wildfire Conference: Sept 30—Oct 1, 2020 in Grand Junction, CO at the Double Tree https://www.wildfire-colorado.com/
Register now for a “Free T-shirt until June 30th

Fire on the Plains: Oct 16—18, 2020 at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) in Sterling, CO.
Registration will be open in late June. In partnership with Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control

Due to the current guidelines regarding Covid-19, the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Foundation Board and Academy Coordinators are regrettably cancelling the Summer Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy 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 Health (CALPHO) Health Organization it simply will not be feasible to continue with emergency management and wildfire training this summer.  Our top priority is your health and safety.

We will begin planning for the 2021 Winter CWFIMA.  This academy will be held at 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!

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The 2020 Summer Academy online registration is now active. Click on the link at the bottome of this page.  (There is a single link that will guide you to registration for students, trainees and vendors)

The Academy will be held at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle, CO  June 1-7.  The course schedule is now available (click here to go to the schedule). 

September 13-15, 2019
Otero Junior College (OJC)
La Junta, CO

Fire on the Plains is a collaborative effort to bring cost effective, high quality, hands-on training to the first responders of the eastern plains of Colorado. This year we have re-tooled some of our offerings and added a few that folks have requested. We are also partnering with Otero Junior College this year.

This event is designed to provide basic skills introduction to newer firefighters as well as giving the seasoned firefighter the ability to explore new concepts. Each session will provide the opportunity for students to work on specific Job Performance Requirements (JPR) for certification maintenance.

This year we have created focused tracks for the firefighter and the driver/operator. Students can choose from several multiday, full day, 4 hour and 2 hour sessions. The student may pick and choose which sessions they wish to attend. Students may attend for the entire weekend or just one day.

Meals are included in the price of tuition.

Sponsored by Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control.  Hosted by Otero Junior College.

Download and view the 2019 FOTP Brochure

Click to Register for 2019 FOTP Training

The 4th annual Fire on the Plains will be held at Northeast Junior College in Sterling, CO, Oct 16-18. Registration will be open after July 1st

FOTP Brochure

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

 Download 2019 Brochure

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