PUEBLO, Colo. - The operations center at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot sprung into life as an emergency simulation began.
Led by Col Thomas A. Duncan II, emergency officials responded to simulated emergency calls of a forklift driver getting into an accident and spilling chemical agent.
"We train for emergencies of every type and we train year-round," Duncan said.
The Pueblo County Emergency Services Center was already partially activated because of flood concerns as part of the drill but then had to help manage the communication due to the simulated accident at the depot as well.
"We want to make sure that we're pushing the right information out to our community and so that we make sure our community is safe during an event," Pueblo County Emergency Bureau Chief Mark Mears said.
Local law enforcement was also called in to help.
"We had a report of a flood coming through the Fountain area that came through a homeless camp that washed them through and there was chemicals in the water," said Chief Brad Davidson with Pueblo West Fire about their simulation scenario.
Thousands of emergency personnel, community members and law enforcement were involved in this training and it's all to protect the community.
"We make sure that all of the emergency services in the city and the county of Pueblo are prepared to handle any kind of emergency," Mears said.
As soon as this year's emergency wrapped up, planning began for next year's simulation.
Federal evaluators will now go over the simulation and bring back results within the next few months.