County to simulate wildfire scenario today |

County to simulate wildfire scenario today


SUMMIT COUNTY – If a police officer or firefighter knocks on your door today, don’t be alarmed, it’s only an exercise.Approximately 75 first responders from 20 different agencies will stage a wildland fire exercise today in the Ptarmigan and Mesa Cortina areas of Summit County.Part of the exercise will include evacuation of homes in the area.”The public should be aware that we are treating this like a real wildfire and we will have police and firefighters knocking on doors to evacuate, just as if there were a real emergency,” said Sgt. Jonathan Comyn, Summit County’s emergency manager. He added that residents will not actually be required to evacuate their homes. Comyn said the purpose of the exercise is to get all levels of government ready for response to a large-scale incident in the county. “We want to test the ability of the fire departments to do an appropriate initial attack of a wildfire and law enforcement’s ability to initiate and complete an evacuation,” Comyn said. “Every exercise and incident we find new things to improve our system. Exercises give us an opportunity to make improvements to our system during a simulated incident. Exercises get our plans and resources ready for the real thing.”

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