Mesa County Training Officers Group- Media Advisory

The First Five Minutes Training Evolution

Media Advisory

Contact: Chris McCoy (970) 260-5805

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time: 0830

Location: Grand Mesa Middle School- 584 31 1/2 Rd.

Mesa County is the fourth largest county in Colorado at 3,341 square miles. Mesa County provides a unique set of challenges for emergency responders due to the vast difference in climate, topography, and population density differs from high remote forest area to low desert with the Colorado River running through many response jurisdictions.   There is a vast amount of recreational activities combined with a metropolitan life style. The Training Officers from the Mesa County Fire Departments have recognized the importance of joint training and therefore have agreed to work together collectively toward commonality in training.  As a county each agency recognizes the importance of working together through the use of mutual and/or automatic aid.

The group is coordinating their first training involving multiple agencies within Mesa County. This training will focus on “The First Five Minutes” of the incident. This is a crucial time during an incident and plays a large role in the success of the operations. Crews will be completing a scene size up, 360 degree evaluations, water supply, hose deployment among other basic firefighting and command skills. This training will be a benchmark tool for future trainings in terms of how different agencies are able to work together for the common goal.

Note: This is not a live fire evolution.