Emergency Resource Mobilization
The Colorado Division of Fire Safety administers Colorado's Emergency Resource Mobilization Program. This is done in concert with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management to support their operations. The Program Administers the Colorado State Emergency Resource Mobilization Plan (CSERMP), the Colorado Resource Inventory, the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS), Colorado All Hazards Incident Management Teams, and First Responder Authentication Credentialing.
The Colorado State Emergency Resource Mobilization Plan (CSERMP), is an all-risk system for the allocation, mobilization, and deployment of resources in the event of a disaster or local incident that requires more resources than those available under any existing inter-jurisdictional or mutual aid agreement. The Plan was developed by the Colorado Resource Mobilization System Working Group. The Working Group is a broad coalition of individuals representing the fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, public health, public works, pre-hospital care, and other affected state, local and federal agencies who came together for this common purpose. The plan supports the State Emergency Operations Plan.
The Emergency Resource Mobilization Inventory Website has been redeveloped and is now located at CONNECT Colorado. This site is used by local government agencies and newly included Private Sector agencies, to report an inventory of their resources using the State of Colorado's Resource Typing Standards. The information can then be ported into the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) , once the agreements with the ROSS Project are in place. The CONNECT Colorado Website is not ROSS. It is a more user-friendly tool to collect data for possible integration into ROSS at a later date. We encourage agencies to log on to the CONNECT Colorado Website and update their data on a regular basis. If you are having difficulty accessing your account, or need additional direction please contact William Miederhoff .
The ROSS Project is a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) sponsored information systems project. ROSS is a computer program which automates the resource ordering, status, and reporting process. ROSS tracks all tactical, logistical, service and support resources mobilized by the incident dispatch community. ROSS operates in an estimated 400 interagency dispatch and coordination offices throughout the Nation and in three other countrys. Automation of dispatch processes reduced labor-intensive practices, increased customer service, improved communications and lowered the costs associated with delivering services to field operations. The Colorado Division of Fire Safety uses ROSS to dispatch emergency resources for incidents that exceed local capabilities. In addition, the Division manages resources in ROSS that are part of a cooperators agreement with the Forest Service.
The Colorado Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team Project was developed due to the need for qualified all-hazard incident management personnel in the state. The documentation, qualifications, knowledge and abilities are based on the NWCG Type 1 and Type 2 team qualifications, but modified from a wildland fire focus to an all hazards focus. This project works in conjunction with FEMA's efforts to develop incident management teams.The Colorado teams recognized by the state are: