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Colorado Springs Fire Department to Test Its Ability to Mobilize Quickly to Aid Colorado Communities
Thursday, May 01, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—More than a dozen members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department will participate in a statewide concept exercise facilitated by Colorado State Fire Chiefs that will test Colorado’s ability to get critical resources to wildfires faster.  The exercise called “Broken Arrow” will take place on two different dates to see if it is possible to place 30 fire apparatus, at a single pre-determined location, within 90 minutes.

“The Colorado Springs Fire Department is participating in this exercise to sharpen its response and light of catastrophic wildfires and disasters in recent years,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief and Chairman Chris Riley. “It is critical to get resources to an incident during the initial hours to provide the best opportunity to gain control of the fire before it grows to catastrophic proportions. Determining the best method to bring in resources from across the State will benefit all communities in Colorado.”

The exercise will take place in two locations on different dates and CSFD plans to participate in both exercises.

May 3, 2014 (Saturday)

Douglas County Justice Center, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock

10 a.m. (Call out begins) (Media may arrive at 11 a.m. unless they want photos of the first arriving units)

Media briefing at 11 a.m.

May 13, 2014 (Tuesday)

Larimer County, Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland

10 a.m. (Call out begins) (Media may arrive at 11 a.m. unless they want photos of the first arriving units) 

Media briefing at 11 a.m.

More than 40 fire departments from across the Front Range will participate in the exercises and will be supported by local emergency management and communications offices, Douglas & Larimer County Sheriff’s offices, The Salvation Army Canteen Unit and Restoration Logistics among many others.