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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

Follow us on Twitter at @Springsgov or #SkyFallCOS for exercise information and coverage.