FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 29, 2021
CWFIMA Contact: Tracy LeClair The Blue Cell, LLC Contact: Jim Erickson
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.
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.