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.
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.
FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and offers various independent study classes on their website at http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/. The classes are free. A certificate of completion will be mailed upon course completion.
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 www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/IS/crslist.asp. 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.