The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Emergency Management and Preparedness team employs experts in disaster preparedness for all kinds of hazards, including wildfire. The team works to continually evaluate potential hazards and seeks ways to keep citizens and emergency responders prepared for natural and man-made disasters.
Training exercises conducted in the Emergency Operations Center throughout the year help maintain staff proficiency and response capability.
In accordance with local policy and state statute, the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seated within the JCSO and is responsible for stewarding the community's resilience in all-hazard emergencies through bolstering its core capabilities within the respective mission areas of: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The Jeffco OEM stewards the county's emergency management responsibilities as well as other public safety functions within the JCSO to include, but are not limited to:
- * All-hazard Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) maintenance and implementation.
- Continuity of Operations (COOP)/Continuity of Governance (COG) consultation for Jefferson County Government's planning efforts.
- Designated Emergency Response Authority (DERA) oversight in unincorporated Jefferson County.
- Fire Management
- Wildfire prevention, mitigation planning, and monitoring
- Fire Operating Plan maintenance
- Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) coordination
- Jefferson County Hazard Mitigation Plan implementation and maintenance.
- Incident Management Team (IMT) program support.
- Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) facilitation for strategic planning, organizing, exercise, training, and equipping.
- LifeTrak program management for unincorporated Jefferson County.
- Public education and outreach for all-hazard community preparedness.