See smoke, flames? City responders to practice mass casualty exercise near airport Thursday
Monday, May 05, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Residents may see smoke and several emergency vehicles near the Colorado Springs Airport Thursday as the Colorado Springs Airport and Office of Emergency Management conduct a mass casualty response exercise. Airport operations will not be affected by the exercise.
The exercise will allow personnel from all participating organizations to test their procedures in response to a simulated aircraft emergency and exercise the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The exercise will be divided into two phases: 1) Crash site response near the COS Airport; and 2) patient in-processing at local hospitals.
Phase one: Crash site exercise area- Cresterra Pkwy between Embraer Heights and Powers Blvd.
Exercise timeframe: 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
What the public may see: smoke, fire, emergency vehicles, buses with “patients”, medevac helicopters and police foot patrols.
Phase two: Hospital patient in-processing: Memorial Hospital- UC Health (Central and North campuses), Penrose Hospital, St Francis Medical Center and Evans Army Community Hospital.
Exercise time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What the public may see: "airplane crash victims" with stage makeup to simulate serious injuries will be transported by emergency vehicles and buses to local hospitals around Colorado Springs.
Road closures: Cresterra Pkwy just south of Embraer Heights, south to Powers Blvd. 4 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all airports with scheduled air carrier service to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three years and tabletop exercises all other years.
46 participating agencies to include:
- City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management
- Colorado Springs Airport
- Colorado Springs Fire Department
- Colorado Springs Police Department
- Colorado Springs Dispatch
- Colorado Springs Public Works and Transit Services
- Colorado Springs Public Information
- El Paso County Emergency Services
- El Paso County Sheriff's Office
- El Paso County Public Health
- El Paso County Coroner’s Office
- Ft. Carson
- Peterson Air Force Base
- Memorial Hospital-UC Health (Central and North locations)
- Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
- Evans Army Community Hospital
- American Medical Response
- Black Forest Fire
- Cimarron Hills Fire
- Falcon Fire
- Fountain Fire/Transport
- Security Fire
- Tri-Lakes Fire and Transport
- Colorado State Patrol
- Delta Airlines
- Flight for Life
- Memorial Star
- Salvation Army
- Red Cross
- Aspen Pointe
- Bonfils Blood Center
- Rocky Mountain Mobile Medical
- Medical Reserve Corps of El Paso County
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