Woelz finishes Emergency Management Academy

Colorado Emergency Management Director Michael Willis presents Bobby Woelz his graduation certificate in Centennial./Courtesy photo

CENTENNIAL — On Friday October 12th, 2018, the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management Director Bobby Woelz successfully graduated from the 2018 Colorado Emergency Management Academy in Centennial. 

This is a significant accomplishment for Director Woelz as the training and experience received will complement the Saguache County Emergency Management Program and the communities he serves.  Over 30 students from around the State of Colorado joined Woelz in the graduation ceremony. 

Woelz applied and was chosen to participate in the 2018 Colorado Emergency Management (EM) Academy late in December 2017. The course pre-requisites and application process was lengthy and required a commitment of support from the Sagauche Board of County Commissioners and local leadership that included travel and training time at the Centennial facility. Woelz dedicated no less than 280 hours to successfully graduate the 2018 Emergency Management Academy. The Academy is a seven-month commitment where students routinely travel once per month for three to four days of training.   

Training at the Colorado EM Academy included Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Colorado approved curriculum; Mass Care and sheltering, Emergency Operation Center Coordination, Wildfire, Flooding, Early Alert and Warning, Evacuation and Re-Entry and Multi-Hazard Mitigation planning and training were provided in addition to a host of additional courses. On the final day of training and prior to the graduation ceremony a functional exercise is facilitated on site providing the student a realistic incident coordination experience. 

The Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) takes great pride in this annual training opportunity and hope to train all emergency managers as we collectively lean forward with the Whole Community. 

Congratulations Mr. Woelz!

For more information regarding Colorado Emergency Management please visit https://www.colorado.gov/dhsem