Airport “Fiery Crash” Exercise Conducted Today
If you notice a bit more activity in the skies in Leadville Today or maybe see some smoke coming from the Leadville/ Lake County Airport, not to worry. Today, June 10 the Lake County Office of Emergency Management (LCOEM) will conduct their annual training exercise.
This year, the training will simulate a fiery aircraft crash. Emergency responders, public health crews, airport personnel and law enforcement, among others, will learn how to handle a plane crash, fire, multiple passenger injuries and possible fatalities.
The multi-agency, multi-county exercise will be held up at the airport. A Ft. Carson fire simulator will be on scene to create the most realistic situation. This exercise will begin at 10 a.m. and complete by 2 p.m. The exercise will not interfere with normal airport operations. So if you see an increase in activity in the area this is what’s happening in Leadville Today.
Lake County Emergency Manager Mike McHargue and his team have put together an exercise program in partnership with Summit, Chaffee and Park Counties. The day’s scenario will play out relatively unknown to most of the emergency responders in order to simulate a minute-by-minute situation that requires the coordination and collaboration among agencies.
These ongoing training exercises are conducted to evaluate and practice the plans, procedures, equipment operation, and facility efficiency. It’s important for these agencies to come together and train in a stressful environment to see how they perform. It helps prepare responders, in the event of an actual emergency.
Leadville Today sources report representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation and other agencies will be on scene to provide an evaluation of how the training exercise was conducted.
By bringing together governmental, non-governmental, volunteer and faith based organizations within the community, these training exercises are conducted to maximize the benefit to the whole community should an emergency take place in Lake County.