Mass Casualty Exercise Thursday

People in southern Colorado may see smoke and lots of emergency vehicles near the Colorado Springs airport Thursday as first responders take part in a mass casualty response exercise.

Start of the mass casualty exercise, May 8, 2014

Smoke and flames, hundreds of frantic and badly injured people, emergency responders rushing to get save people from a fiery plane crash--this will be the scene at the Colorado Springs Airport for much of Thursday.

But the frightening sight won't be real; it's actually an elaborate mass casualty exercise to help first responders train in a real-life setting.

People may see participating agencies working at both the airport and local hospitals. Expect to see smoke, fire, emergency vehicles, buses with "patients," medical helicopters and police patrols in the area of Cresterra Parkway between Embraer Heights and Powers Boulevard, and at Memorial Hospital, Penrose Hospital, and Evans Army Hospital as well as St Francis Medical Center.

The fake crash victims will be wearing makeup to simulate serious injuries.

Cresterra Parkway will be closed between Embraer Heights and Powers Blvd. between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The FAA requires all airports to do this kind of simulated exercise every three years.

The following agencies are participating:
• 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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