CDA Hires Ag Emergency Coordinator for Disasters Affecting Rural Colorado : The Prowers Journal

CDA Hires First-Ever Full-Time Agricultural Emergency Coordinator
Leading the Crisis Response Team for Disasters in Rural Colorado

Broomfield, Col. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has hired Dan Frazen as the agriculture emergency coordinator for Colorado, a position the CDA created this year after legislative approval to expand the department’s emergency response. In this new position, Frazen will lead the Department’s response to any emergency incident affecting farming communities and coordinate with other government agencies and stakeholders at all stages of disaster management.

“By adding Dan to our team, CDA expands our capacity to support our farming communities in responding to emergencies that have been our focus since day one.” said Colorado Agriculture Commissioner 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 agricultural areas of Colorado.”

This position will also serve as the head of the Agriculture and Livestock State Emergency Support Function (ESF) at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) when activated for a state or regional disaster. It will also oversee emergency management, farm preparedness and response activities, and support nationwide farm emergencies.

“I look forward to beginning construction of the department-wide CDA all-hazard emergency management program that better prepares employees and our farming communities for natural and man-made disasters.” said Dan Frazen, CDA’s agricultural emergency coordinator. “I’m particularly excited to expand the Agricultural Emergency Liaison Program in farming and ranching communities throughout Colorado, enabling members of our farming communities to serve as subject matter experts and assist local and state emergency management professionals in preparing, responding, and recovering from operations.”

The Agriculture Emergency Coordinator is responsible for determining the department’s emergency management priorities and assisting in the development of plans to address concerns. This dedicated, full-time position will serve on CDA’s numerous emergency preparedness teams, responding to myriad threats including wildfires and droughts, and proactively building Colorado’s agricultural resilience through coordination, mitigation and recovery.

Dan Frazen is a Colorado Certified Emergency Manager (CO-CEM), Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), and Incident Command System (ICS) instructor and has nearly 30 years of public safety and emergency response experience. He began his emergency management career after the 2013 Colorado floods, developing plans and systems for communities in northern Colorado to better mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

In his previous position, Dan served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Greeley. He has been a member of the Type 3 Eastern Colorado Incident Management Team (ECIMT) since 2015 and was assigned to Oregon State’s Type 2 Northwest Incident Management Team 6 for the Cameron Peak Fire in 2020. Dan continues to work in public safety as a part-time deputy sheriff for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Walden.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University. He recently graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA). He lives in Weld County with his wife and two children and enjoys family camping trips, swimming and all things science.

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