Alum Fights Wildfires in Colorado 

6/27/2012 
Alumni & Friends 

Kerry Kimble, at the center table on the right

 Kerry Kimble '78 is pictured third from the right, hard at work coordinating efforts to control the Colorado Wildfires.

Kerry Kimble, an alum of Westminster College is currently involved with fight against the wildfires that are blazing across Colorado. Thus far, the fire has burned approximately 90,000 acres and destroyed approximately 250 homes. Kimble works directly with the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center, coordinating disaster support between local, state, and federal agencies.

Kimble has worked with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as the State Planning Section Chief for the past six years. He is responsible for the State Emergency Operations Plan which deals with how the State responds to all of the disasters that strikes the state and how they support the local jurisdictions. This division coordinates support for disasters like wildfires, tornados, blizzards, earthquake, dam failures, geomagnetic storms, falling space debris, pandemics (like H1N1), etc. Kimble has been in Emergency Management for the past ten years.

After working in ten countries, seventeen states, being mobilized five times, and breaking three bones, Kimble retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service (11 years active duty and 19 years in the Reserves). Kimble graduated from Westminster College in 1978 with a degree in political science.