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375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-5957
Fax: 719-385-7385
Contact: Office of Emergency Management
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

City of Colorado Springs / Emergency Management / Citizen Training

Citizen Training

Community Emergency Response Training
During a large disaster, police, fire and medical responders may be overwhelmed and unable to assist you right away. CERT is a free course where citizens learn how to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors until help arrives. The course includes classroom and hands-on training.  Prepare now and be ready! 
American Red Cross
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross is a great resource for preparedness information and training. Training is available in various levels of first aid and CPR certifications. Courses that train individuals to respond as part of a team to local and national disasters are also available. The Chapter carries a wide variety of preparedness brochures and other informational resources. Contact them at 719-632-3563 or visit their website.
Colorado Division of Emergency Management
The Colorado Division of Emergency Management offers numerous training opportunities throughout the year. Information on their training and exercise calendars is available at their website.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and offers various independent study classes on their website at The classes are free. A certificate of completion will be mailed upon course completion.
National Incident Management System
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a standardized approach to incident management and response. The NIMS framework is designed to apply to all incidents, regardless of their size or complexity. NIMS training is required for all federal, state, local, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel who have a direct role in emergency management and response.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers NIMS courses on their website Each course is a free independent study which can either be printed out in booklet form or taken as an interactive web-based course. Registration is required. Certificates are mailed out upon completion of the final exam for each course.