Journal-Advocate (Sterling)

State ag department adds new emergency coordinato­r

- By Colorado Department of Agricultur­e

The Colorado Department of Agricultur­e has hired Dan Frazen to serve as the Agricultur­e Emergency Coordinato­r for Colorado, a position CDA created this year after approval by the legislatur­e to build out the Department’s emergency response capabiliti­es. In this new position, Frazen will lead the Department’s response to all-hazards incidents that impact agricultur­al communitie­s and coordinate with other government agencies and stakeholde­rs for all phases of disaster management.

“With the addition of Dan to our team, CDA is expanding our capacity to support our ag communitie­s in responding to emergencie­s, a focus of ours since day one,” said Colorado Commission­er of Agricultur­e Kate Greenberg. “Dan’s background in emergency management will support CDA’S goal of increasing resilience and preparedne­ss to natural disasters and other emergencie­s in rural and ag areas of Colorado.”

This position will also act as the State Emergency Support Function lead for agricultur­e and livestock at the State Emergency Operations Center when activated for a state or regional disaster. It will also oversee agricultur­e emergency management, preparedne­ss, and response activities and support agricultur­al emergencie­s statewide.

“I’m eager to start building out CDA’S department-wide, allhazards emergency management program that better prepares staff and our agricultur­e communitie­s for natural and humancause­d disasters,” Frazen said. “I’m especially looking forward to expanding the Agricultur­e Emergency Liaison Program in farming and ranching communitie­s across Colorado, so members of our ag communitie­s can serve as the subject matter experts and assist local and state emergency management profession­als with preparedne­ss, response, and recovery operations.”

The Agricultur­e Emergency Coordinato­r will be responsibl­e for identifyin­g department emergency management priorities and assisting with the developmen­t of plans to address concerns. This full time, dedicated position will serve on CDA’S multiple

emergency planning teams and respond to myriad threats, including wildfire and drought, proactivel­y strengthen­ing Colorado’s agricultur­al resilience through coordinati­on, mitigation and recovery ef- forts.

Frazen is a Colorado Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Fire Investigat­or, and Incident Command System instructor and has almost 30 years of public safety and emergency response experience. He began his emergency management career in the aftermath of the 2013 Colorado floods, developing plans and systems for Northern Colorado communitie­s to better mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

In his previous position, Frazen served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Greeley.

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