The Disaster Management Institute of Colorado at CCA to hold Sept. 20 grand unveiling

Colorado Homeland Security Director Larry Trujillo to offer keynote remarks; U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter slated to be on hand

The Disaster Management Institute of Colorado, a program within the Center for Simulation at the Community College of Aurora, will hold a grand unveiling of its new state-of-the art facility from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. Larry Trujillo, director of Colorado’s Office of Homeland Security, will offer keynote remarks at the event.

The Institute features a fully functional Emergency Operations Center that will allow CCA students and working professionals alike to experience and train in management of simulated disasters of all types and sizes. A disaster simulation will be enacted for attendees at the event.

The Institute serves as a model for interagency collaboration and workforce training and development and is key to CCA’s Center for Simulation and Public Service programs. Classes at the Institute are taught by emergency management and homeland security professionals, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical professionals who are working or have worked for public service agencies. The facility employs some of the most advanced technology available, including an Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS). ADMS is a training simulator that offers a realistic environment to train first responders, on-scene commanders, and incident command teams. The technology bridges the gap between classroom and live exercises and enables students to gain necessary insight and skills to handle any type of emergency, from traffic accidents up to large-scale disasters.

With support from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Congress appropriated $331,692 in 2008 and $235,620 in 2009 toward equipping the Disaster Management Institute. Congressman Perlmutter plans to attend the grand opening and will be available for comment.

The Institute is located at the college’s Center for Simulation on the Lowry Campus, 9235 E. 10th Drive, Denver, Colorado 80230.

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