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December 10, 2012
Ken Quintana, Colorado State University's emergency management coordinator and a research associate with Environmental Health Services, has been recognized by the Colorado State Forest Service for his outstanding efforts during the High Park Fire.
Quintana was awarded CSFS Partner of the Year for working 20 days straight during the fire and more than 211 additional hours in the days following. He made arrangements for housing firefighters, served as the main point of contact for use of the Christman Field facility (which became the incident command post and airfield during the fire) and served as a liaison to the Colorado National Guard for use of its Armory Building. He also was a key conduit to the CSU Public Safety Team and provided input to their decision about CSU staff serving at the Pingree Park Spike Camp. Later, he was involved in the disaster recovery center process housed on the main campus.
“Ken was extremely valuable to the incident management teams, agency line officers, Larimer County and Poudre Fire Authority in connecting needs of a 2,000-person organization with the many resources that CSU offered,” said Boyd Lebeda, district forester for the CSFS Fort Collins District. “The university as a whole wanted to help the firefighters and the community, and Ken was the key link.”
Quintana has been with CSU for 20 years and in his present position on campus for the past two years. He first came to CSU on an athletic scholarship in track and field cross country, earned his undergraduate degree, and has been here ever since.
Earlier this year, Quintana also received an Everyday Hero Award from the Classified Personnel Council for his work on the fire, after being nominated by a training manager for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.
"Working with Ken was a bright spot during a very challenging fire,” Lebeda said. “The CSFS owes him a debt of gratitude for his assistance.”