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Ranger Excellence School, sponsored and hosted by Larimer County

2017 Ranger Excellence School

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The COSA Ranger Training Program was established in 2004 when the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas rangers teamed with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resource rangers to implement a routine refresher training protocol for open space rangers. In March 2005, both agencies conducted a joint training in an effort to build a working partnership, lower training costs, and complete required annual training.

In 2011, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources began to host the COSA Ranger Training, calling the training the Ranger Excellence School. The reason for the name change is that the week of training has been greatly expanded into a training conference. Instead of having one possible class per day/session, participants can choose one of several options per session to attend. Many more classes have been added to give attendees the freedom to customize the training they desire and need. Training has also been moved to the 4H Building at The Ranch Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex to accommodate the expanded number of classes and participants.

The training conference:

  • Provides rangers with training in swift water rescue, self-defense, medical incidents, law enforcement, wild life and fishing contacts, verbal judo, firearms, Search and Rescue tracking, mountain biking and driving courses.
  • Equips rangers with certifications such as wilderness first aid/wilderness first responder recertification, oil capsaicin (OC), and baton.
  • Believes in the importance of highly trained and professional rangers who are skilled in a variety of disciplines.
  • Understands the importance of serving the public and promotes a high level of customer service.
  • Provides a network to facilitate the exchange of information between park law enforcement personnel and other park, open space, and recreation professionals.
  • Desires to lessen the burden of "the last minute scramble" to find and provide the necessary training required for today's ranger.

Parks Law Enforcement Association Endorsement

Sponsors for Ranger Excellence School

Sponsor Lee's    Sponsor Park Law Enforcement Association    Colorado Open Space Alliance

Contact Us:

Have any questions or need more information regarding The Ranger Excellence School? You may feel free to contact us.

Zachary Cook - (970) 498-5620 Larimer County Department of Natural Resources

Stephen Gibson (970) 498-5621 Larimer County Department of Natural Resources

Jim Hawkins (970) 498-5602 Larimer County Department of Natural Resources

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