05/01/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/01/2017 08:23
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Residents may see smoke and several emergency vehicles near the Colorado Springs Airport Wednesday 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.
More than 700 participants from agencies across the Pikes Peak region will participate in this mass casualty exercise to test their procedures for responding 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 Milton Proby Parkway and Powers Blvd.
Exercise timeframe: 7 a.m.-noon
What the public may see: smoke, fire, emergency vehicles, buses with 'patients', medevac helicopters and police foot patrols.
Phase two: Hospital patient in-processing: UCHealth (Central and North campuses), Penrose St. Francis Health Services and St Francis Medical Center.
Exercise time: 10 a.m. - 1 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 Boulevard between Milton Proby Parkway and Powers Blvd will be closed between 5 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. The last airport exercise was conducted in 2014.
32 participating agencies to include:
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