Saturday, April 30, 2022

April 29, 2022 Press Release

 



Denver – Today The Blue Cell, LLC is announcing six new Destination Training Courses (D series). The D series brings together advanced hybrid learning techniques with both in-person and online virtual student participants. These courses leverage The Blue Cell’s vast experience with instructing 200+ virtual courses in 2021 and our technology investments that will enable hybrid deliveries.

“Our new D series has been in the making since 2011 and will give select participants an unparalleled experience at a location that is ideal for the crisis and consequence management adult learner” – Todd Manns, Founder and Managing Partner at The Blue Cell, LLC.

For those choosing to attend training in-person, these courses will be held at our Interactive Training Center (ITC). Opened in 2019, the ITC is located in the Southlands Lifestyle & Entertainment District in the southeast Denver Metro Area. The destination cohort is limited to 10 select in-person students and additionally up to 30 students admitted virtually, creating the ultimate hybrid experience.

Destination Series Training Courses (D series)

  • Advanced Exercise Design Course (this course offers college credit)
  • Advanced Planning Concepts: Developing Incident Action Plans (course can be found in the NTED State and Federal national catalog, #NE-001-COMM)
  • Incident Leadership and Decision Making Workshop
  • IMT Development Workshop
  • Using Electronics, Gear and Software on an Incident
  • Business Disaster Resiliency and Continuity Academy

For more information and to sign up go to https://TheNimsStore.com/

About The Blue Cell, LLC

The Blue Cell is a minority and veteran owned Homeland Security and Emergency Management training and exercise firm.  With over 13 years of delivering in-person, virtual, and hybrid training, customized light exercise, and leadership consultations to first responder and consequence management professionals at all levels of government and private sector organizations.   The Blue Cell is the World's most active in-person and virtual Incident Command System and Consequence Management training company.

Media Contact:

Jim Erickson
Managing Director of Sales & Marketing
jimerickson@thebluecell.com

Monday, August 30, 2021

ICS 300 COURSE COST COMPARISON


FREE In-person 3-day ICS300 Class

 

Cost/Unit

Quantity

Extended

In-person Free class

$0

1

$0

Driving to location cost (1)

$.575 per mile

150 miles

$86.25

Lodging cost (2)

$96.00 per night

3

$288.00

Meals & incidentals (2)

$55.00 per day

4

$220.00

Return from location cost (1)

$.575 per mile

150 miles

$86.25

Grand Total

 

 

$680.50

Out of Office

 

 

Limited availability

COVID-19 Risk

 

 

EXPOSURE

 

 

LIVE VIRTUAL 3-day ICS300 Class

 

Cost/Unit

Quantity

Extended

In-person Free class

$250.00

1

$250.00

Driving to location cost (1)

$.575 per mile

0 miles

$0

Lodging cost (2)

$96.00 per night

0

$0

Meals & incidentals (2)

$55.00 per day

0

$0

Return from location cost (1)

$.575 per mile

0 miles

$0

Subtotal

 

 

$250.00

Less NEVERFORGET20 Discount*

 

 

($50.00)

Grand Total

 

 

$200.00

Out of Office

 

 

Available

COVID-19 Risk

 

 

NONE

 

1.       https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/standard-mileage-rates

2.       https://www.federalpay.org/perdiem/2021

* Discount code valid August 27 – September 30, 2021 (cannot be combined with any other discount).


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Announcing ICS Positions and Features Learning Program

 

July 27, 2021

Announcing ICS Positions and Features Learning Program

Denver – July 27, 2021 The Blue Cell, LLC announces ICS Positions & Features Learning Program.  This new series of NIMS / Incident Command System (ICS) courses provides an in-depth, working knowledge of the 8 Command and General Staff positions.  Since Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, issued on February 28, 2003, all government agencies were mandated to adopt NIMS for managing and responding to manmade and natural disasters post 9/11.

 

Incident Command/Unified Command/Initial Attack, Public Information Today, Liaison Officer & Agency Reps, Safety Officer, Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance, all are included in this new series designed for those who need to apply ICS practices quickly in the field.  “This program is a practical application of ICS in today’s world where people don’t have time to attend a week long position specific course, but simply need to understand and get the job done”, Todd Manns, Founder and Managing Partner at The Blue Cell, LLC. Program announcement video: ICS Positions & Features Learning Program

 

These courses are for adult learners who are accustomed to higher education learning techniques. With a combined 12 hour in-depth dive into each position, each position course will include a capstone project utilizing The Blue Cell’s proprietary Chelsea County simulation environment.  The ICS Positions & Features Learning Program courses will have 5 elements: 

1.       Indoc/Pre-work

2.       Self-paced LMS

3.       Virtual Coaching Session

4.       Capstone Activity Project

5.       Ongoing Mentorship

About The Blue Cell, LLC

The Blue Cell is a minority and veteran owned Homeland Security and Emergency Management training and exercise firm.  With over 12 years of experience delivering in-person and virtual training, customized light exercise, and leadership consultations to first responder and consequence management professionals at all levels of government and private sector organizations.   The Blue Cell is the Nation's most active in-person and virtual Incident Command System and Consequence Management training company.

Media Contact:

Jim Erickson

Managing Director of Sales & Marketing

jimerickson@thebluecell.com

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Blue Cell Owner / Managing Partner Todd Manns Appears on the Disaster Zone Podcast




One of the outcomes from the coronavirus pandemic is that our normal training sessions have been disrupted. People can’t gather into classrooms. A solution to that issue, and one that will be used going forward is virtual training that goes beyond the online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) self-paced learning. This podcast is an interview with Todd Manns, Owner and Managing Partner of The Blue Cell. In this session we discuss what their course offerings are and how the instruction is conducted. There are many benefits, to include being able to mix and match attendees from different areas of the country and from different disciplines. 

Listen to the complete podcast here 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

 


                                                  

                                     


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  January 29, 2021

 

CWFIMA Contact: Tracy LeClair                                   The Blue Cell, LLC Contact: Jim Erickson

(970) 471-5284 / tleclair@eagleriverfire.org        1-800-866-0840 x 3/ Jimerickson@thebluecell.com

 

 

CWFIMA PARTNERS WITH THE BLUE CELL, LLC

TO PROVIDE VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR 2021 WINTER ACADEMY

 

Colorado Springs, CO – Each January, the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildland Fire Foundation hosts nearly 1,000 emergency responders during the week-long Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA). Despite the challenges of COVID-19, this year’s classes are still taking place, albeit in a slightly different format. Many of the 2021 Winter classes are taking place virtually, with the assistance of a long-time partner.

 

The Blue Cell, LLC, as the most active in-person and virtual Incident Command System and consequence management training company in the United States, was the perfect choice to partner with CWFIMA to host ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents on January 26-28, 2021. The effort this week was a first of its kind, instructing over 100 students in three separate virtual ICS-300 sessions simultaneously from The Blue Cell Interactive Training Center in Aurora, Colorado.

 

Students participated from 20 states, across 5 times zones, and represented numerous local, state, and federal agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations involved in emergency response. A similar offering of ICS-400 Advanced ICS for Command & General Staff in Complex Incidents is scheduled for March 30-31, 2021.

 

“The Academy remains committed to its mission statement of providing both cognitive and hands-on incident management knowledge, instructed by the nation’s brightest authorities,” explained Academy Incident Commander Jim Krugman. “This year we just had to get a little creative in how we fulfilled our commitment to our students.”

 

Since its inception in 1994, the CWFIMA has worked collaboratively with local, state and national agencies to deliver training to over 30,000 students, and offers courses and exercises related to all-hazard incident management, wildland fire, and leadership. This nationally-recognized Academy is one of the largest wildland fire and incident management training events in the United States. 

 

For a full schedule of in-person and virtual CWFIMA classes, visit www.cwfima.org.

 

The Blue Cell has an extensive upcoming calendar of virtual trainings focusing on ICS- 300, ICS-400 G-191 and G-2300. Visit www.thebluecell.com for more information.

                                                    

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For more information about the Academy or course offerings please visit: www.CWFIMA.com or follow us on Twitter @CWFIMA and on Facebook, Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

LMS Classes and Conference


Denver— November 2, 2020 COVID-19 or not, continuing education has changed, and the virtual world is catching on fast!  This month, The Blue Cell, LLC is excited to announce an online Learning Management System (LMS) that allows students to self-pace their learning.  For consequence and emergency managers, the courses now available will give you an edge up in your field.  The online learning management system offers courses in preparedness and response, organizational leadership and management, and incident management courses. Courses titles vary from ‘Fundamentals of Exercise Design’, ‘Agency Administration in Incidents and Disasters’, ‘Recovery Support Functional Positions’, and more. 

 

To celebrate Veterans everywhere, The Blue Cell is offering a 20% discount on all LMS Courses, now through the end of November. Use the code: Veteran20 at checkout. To read more about these courses and register please visit https://thenimsstore.com/collections/software.

 

We are also thrilled to announce the North American Virtual Training and Exercise Conference 2021 is now set for the last week of April 2021. The conference will feature the latest techniques in virtual training, testing, information management, and facilitation space. Hear from leaders in the industry on techniques, equipment, and lessons learned from the past year as we all adapt to this bold new world of interaction.  Using a custom conference platform, avatars, and state of the art concepts this conference is designed to share products, services, and do it yourself information processes for your future training and exercise needs. With 15 speakers and topics, and 20 select conference collaborators and partners we will have an exciting line up for you this coming year. Sign up today at a pre-registration pricing of $100.00 per person. https://thenimsstore.com/collections/courses-and-workshops/products/north-american-training-and-exercise-virtual-conference-2021

 

The Blue Cell is available for customized training, virtual and live delivery of exercises for any jurisdiction looking to capture ‘lessons learned’ or ‘best practices’ from the ongoing COVID response.  The Blue Cell is a by-design training, exercise, consulting, and deployment services company focusing on emergency and crisis management in the public and private sectors. 

Find us at www.thebluecell.com or 800-866-0840.

Friday, June 19, 2020


For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica LaBerge
Managing Director, Integrated Sales & Marketing Team
June 19, 2020


Business Operations adapt to global pandemic, The Blue Cell evolves consequence management training to Virtual options.



Denver— June 19, 2020 During this worldwide pandemic, leaders have been forced to redefine the workspace and how their staff operate day to day.  COVID-19 has also highlighted the need for business continuity planning, long range consequence management and virtual training options.

The Blue Cell is a by design training, exercise, consulting, and deployment services company focusing on emergency and crisis management in the public and private sectors.  The Blue Cell had begun adapting training to virtual delivery options back in 2019, however with the spread of COVID-19 the launch of the virtual system became a priority in early 2020.

This week The Blue Cell is celebrating the success of its of a virtual delivery of FEMA’s G-191 or Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Incident Command System (ICS) Interface. This is one of the first virtual deliveries of a FEMA “G” series, and it was a State sponsored class.
“The format for the class was smooth and worked better than expected” several students commented and another said “This class was awesome”.

Along with the G-191 virtual training, The Blue Cell is expanding its traditional field or live training options.  Several additional virtual training classes are scheduled for July, August, and September; student registration is now open for:
  • ·         July 9th Virtual G557 –Rapid Needs Assessment
  • ·         Aug. 10-11th Virtual G205 – Recovery for Local Government
  • ·         Aug. 12-14th Virtual G393 – Mitigation for Emergency Managers
  • ·         September 9thVirtual G191 – EOC/ICS Interface


The Blue Cell also received a 2-year contract renewal in Wyoming for training and exercise good through 2022.

The Blue Cell is available for customized training, virtual and live delivery of exercises and for any jurisdiction looking to capture ‘lessons learned’ or ‘best practices’ from the ongoing COVID response.  Find us at www.thebluecell.com or at 800-866-0840
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