COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Airport mass casualty response exercise was held on Wednesday around 5 a.m. and wrapped up at 11:30 a.m. The simulation used a plane crash to help train first responders in their efforts to save as many lives as possible in case of an emergency.
"If we had a large disaster like this, we would be required to all come together and and have an affective coordinated response," said Tobi Blanchard, the emergency management coordinator for Colorado Spring Department of Emergency Management.
Thity-five different response teams attended, ranging from medical to fire crews and hundred of volunteers came to help. "Everyone is coming together under unified command to practice working together in saving lives, protecting the environment and saving property," said Jeff Bohn, the public affairs officer for Peterson Air Force Base.
Volunteers were fed by the Salvation Army. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that this drill runs every three years. The exercise began with emergency responders extinguishing a fire at the crash site. Volunteer crash victims, who were painted with fake injuries, were placed on scene and awaited medical attention and transportation to area hospitals.
This will all done in an effort to ensure first responders are ready if an incident like this were to ever happen in the future.