News Release: Facilitated Learning Analysis (FLA) Team to Review the Marshall Fire





Caley Pruitt, Public Information Officer, DFPC:  caley.pruitt@state.co.us 

Laura McConnell, Fire/Aviation Communications Specialist, USFS: laura_mcconnell@firenet.gov

January 21, 2022- The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) has requested a Facilitated Learning Analysis (FLA) team to review the Marshall Fire which occurred on December 30, 2021, south of Boulder, Colorado. The FLA team will focus on specific stories and lessons learned related to the weather/atmospheric conditions that contributed to the incident; observed fire behavior; agency participation and coordination; communication interoperability among responding resources; and the mobilization of resources.

The interagency team will consist of subject matter experts from several different municipal, state, and federal agencies. The interagency team will begin the several-month process next week and will conclude with the release of a public report.

The team will facilitate and conduct interviews with responders and dispatch personnel who were directly involved in the incident, identify trends and share lessons learned. The intent is to develop an educational tool that will support responders and dispatch personnel to improve future performance.

The FLA process was initially used by the U.S. Military and was later adopted by the USDA Forest Service to provide a big picture overview of an incident and response efforts from the responder’s perspective. This process has been used for wildfires, serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities The overall intent of the FLA is to improve performance by generating individual, unit, and organizational learning through a constructive, facilitated dialogue process.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is conducting a separate investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. Please contact them regarding any questions related to the investigation.

For recovery efforts please visit: https://www.bouldercounty.org/disasters/wildfires/marshall/

Notes: Click here to view the Facilitated Learning Analysis Questions & Answers document.

The mission of The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property, resources, environment, and quality of life in Colorado.