Meet the Team

La Plata County Emergency Management Team

The La Plata County Office of Emergency Management team includes all public safety entities within the County and many outside as well.We maintain partnerships with public and private entities, volunteer groups and government agencies. The team of two coordinate the efforts of many when disaster strikes.


Meet La Plata County OEM

Butch's Head Shot

Butch Knowlton

Director of Emergency Preparedness

Over 30 years with La Plata County Emergency Management and Preparedness

Building Department Director

Lieutenant with La Plata County Sheriff

Head of La Plata County Sheriff's Search and Rescue 

La Plata County Native

"Welcome to La Plata County"

Butch Wildfire
Tom's Head Shot

Tom McNamara

Emergency Management Coordinator

La Plata County Resident 15 years

11 years La Plata County Search and Rescue

Field technician for emergency response communications, mapping and IT

"If it can be done we will find a way to do it" 

Tom Misty Lane Avalanche

Planning and Response

Partner Agencies and Groups

County Residents

City of Durango Residents

City of Bayfield Residents

City of Ignacio Residents

La Plata County Government

La Plata County BOCC

City Government of Durango

City Government of Bayfield

City Government of Ignacio

State DEM

Archuleta County

Montezuma County

Dolores County

San Juan County

San Juan County NM

La Plata County Sheriff's Office

La Plata County Search and Rescue

Durango Police Department

Colorado Mounted Rangers

Durango Fire and Rescue Association

Los Pinos Fire Protection District

Upper Pine Fire Protection District

Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District

Mercy Regional Hospital

American Red Cross 

Medical Reserve Corps

SW Regional Trauma Association

Civil Air Patrol

Colorado National Guard

Southern Ute Tribe

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Local Planning groups



Durango Mountain Resort

Local and Regional media



USDI Bureau of Reclamation




FireWise Council


And Many More...