City of Colorado Springs among elite group to achieve conditional accreditation from...
the Emergency Management Accreditation Program
At the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grand Opening today, Mayor Bach’s Chief of Staff Laura Neumann, Fire Chief Rich Brown, and Police Chief Pete Carey congratulated Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters for achieving conditional accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) assessment team. It is anticipated the City of Colorado Springs EOC operations will receive full accreditation next month; making the City of Colorado Springs the 9th municipality in the nation to achieve this elite status.
The City’s EOC is a central command and control facility from which emergency operations can be directed and coordinated. An EOC is responsible for the strategic overview, or "big picture" of the disaster, and does not normally directly control field assets, instead making operational decisions and leaving tactical decisions to lower commands. The common functions of all EOCs are to collect, gather and analyze data; make decisions that protect life and property; maintain continuity of the organization within the scope of applicable laws; and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals.
Ms. Neumann thanked the State of Colorado for their $100,000 financial contribution that made the first dedicated, permanent Emergency Operations Center a reality as well as many city partners including Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Public Health, our Military partners, Memorial and Penrose Hospitals, American Red Cross and many others.
PHOTO ATTACHED: Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters, Chief of Staff Laura Neumann, Fire Chief Rich Brown, Police Chief Pete Carey