Mock disaster will test agencies’ response today |

Mock disaster will test agencies’ response today


KEYSTONE – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is sponsoring a large-scale, mass casualty exercise today, involving more than 200 participants from 75 agencies across the state. Summit County will play host for the exercise.Participants will be exercising their ability to respond to a mock scenario involving a large gathering of people where something goes terribly wrong, resulting in injuries to more than 300 people. The exercise, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m., will occur on property provided by Keystone Resort. The exercise will involve the use of medical helicopters and ambulances from throughout the state to assist in mock patient care at the scene, as well as moving mock victims to hospitals in the mountain communities and along the Front Range. The Department of Public Health and Environment is using a grant for hospital preparedness to provide an opportunity for medical transport agencies and hospitals to practice with community leaders and first responders. This grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The exercise will focus on communication and coordination of response to a mass casualty incident. This will include tracking the movement of the victims to hospitals, as well as assisting family members in locating loved ones.

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