RETAC History


The Southeastern Colorado RETAC was formed via the passage of Colorado SB 00-180 and clarified later with HB 02-1440.  These two bills had set the funding and statutory foundation for the development of the regional and statewide RETAC system.

RETAC Power Point Presentation

Prior to the statutory requirement in 2000, this region had an Area Trauma Advisory Council (ATAC) and Regional EMS Council that encompassed the same counties as the present RETAC.  Beginning in 1995, these two Councils worked together to improve, coordinate, and develop the EMS and trauma capabilities within this Region.

With similar goals and the requirement to create a regional council, both memberships transitioned to form what is now the Southeastern Colorado Regional Emergency Medical & Trauma Advisory Council (S.E.C.R.E.T.A.C.)

The SECRETAC was established as a 501(C)(3) Not-for-Profit Organization.  The ATAC sought legal advice to develop the Non-for-Profit status and the Article of Incorporation that ended with the formal approval of the 501(C)(3) Not-for-Profit on Dec 2nd 1999.  The next two and one-half years were dedicated in building the Regional Council, development of the operational structure, hiring a Regional Coordinator, improving system integration, and meeting the requirements as set forth in SB 00-180 and by the CDPHE contract requirements.

In 2011 the council approved the fiscal operations to be operated by Maxfield & Peterson, LLC.  as the fiscal agent for SECRETAC.  The council and board still have responsibility for the overall management of the organization and the staff.  The current coordinator reports to the council and all management policies, procedures and reports are subject to the standards and requirements of the state of Colorado.

In spring of 2004 the State Auditors classified the SECRETAC from a state prospectus as a “Quasi –Government”. This caused the region to add to the fiscal reporting by having to complete an Exemption of Audit with the State Auditors.  This did not exclude us from filing our federal 990 and an audit that is required by the CDPHE Contract.  SECRETAC is a 501-c-3 non=profit with the EIN # 84-1522933.  All documents are on file and with a written request, we can provide them to anyone who request within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty days from receipt of request.