Denver International Airport to Host Major Medical Evacuation Exercise

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fly DenverDenver International Airport (DEN) will host a major exercise of the National Disaster Medical System on Aug. 17. The exercise, which is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System and various community partners, will take place beginning at 8 a.m. at the Signature Flight Support area at DEN.

The exercise will be a major test of the National Disaster Medical System and will simulate the receiving, triage and transport of about 150 volunteer “patients” to nine metro-area hospitals via ground ambulances and military helicopters over the course of about six hours. The National Disaster Medical System is managed by the Department of Homeland Security and may be activated in times of federally declared national or international emergencies to coordinate medical care of evacuees from the emergency area to an assigned area.

The exercise will simulate the evacuation of victims of a large earthquake in Salt Lake City area along the Wasatch Mountains fault and will include the use of military Lakota, Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters. In total, more than 300 individuals from community agencies will participate in the exercise, including the Colorado Amateur Radio Emergency Services, which provides communications from the receiving site to the area hospitals.

DEN has participated in this exercise for the last four years, and previously hosted the large-scale helicopter component in 2013.

Media requesting access to the exercise at the Denver International Airport location must submit a request to Daniel Warvi, Public Affairs Officer, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Filming and access requests for participating local
medical facilities should be directed to the public information officer at those facilities.


Source:- Fly Denver

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