Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 30, the Summit County Office of Emergency Management — in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, local fire districts, the Summit County Communication Center, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the town of Breckenridge and multiple first-response and public agencies — will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise to test local wildfire-response plans.
The two-day event will run until 10 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31.
Simulations will revolve around a wildfire scenario in the Upper Blue River Valley, in which a fire is being driven by wind toward Breckenridge. The exercise will include a variety of exercises over the two-day period.
A Wildfire Preparedness & Education Fair at Summit High School, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, will offer the public a chance to get information on wildfire readiness programs. Attendees also can participate in a simulated community meeting of the incident management team regarding wildfire operations and evacuations.
The fair also will have a children’s bouncy house, firefighting equipment and informational stations, including “Ready, Set, Go!” defensible space, evacuating/sheltering pets, the American Red Cross and food provided by the Salvation Army.
The exercise will take place in several locations, including the County Emergency Operations Center, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Summit High School, Colorado Mountain College and neighborhoods in and around Breckenridge, including the Peak 7 area.
The exercise is designed to test real-time emergency response and coordination among fire districts, law enforcement and various support agencies.
An emphasis will be placed on evacuations, public warning and public information, resource ordering and incident management.