The nation has come together as Hurricane Ike makes its way to shore. A massive drill that took place at Fort Carson Wednesday keeps in mind a national disaster can happen anywhere at any time.
Mountain Move 2008 was a statewide practice run for the National Disaster Medical System. The federally supervised team coordinates efforts between emergency military responders, and local authorities, which watch over streets every day.
The NDMS was working with a scenario that had an earthquake hitting Utah, causing an overwhelming number of injuries.
The overflow of patients were transported to Fort Carson for immediate attention.
"We're in the red area, the critical care area and we got eight or nine patients all at once," said Mark Quinn, an NDMS physician's assistant.
The patients Wednesday were actually soldier volunteers, acting out their injuries for the NDMS team. More than a hundred Ft. Carson troops stepped up to take on the role, jumping at the chance to share their first hand experiences from battle to make the training more realistic.
"These guys need to be just as prepared as we do if a situation was to occur, whether we're out training somewhere, or something freak happens, they need to be ready just like we do," said SPC Chris Mossburg nursing a fake broken foot.
The state-wide effort extended as far as Grand Junction and other cities, where hospitals expected to receive the patients and complete the scenario.