Smoke, flames will be visible Wednesday at Colorado Springs Airport as crews conduct exercise

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A lone traveler heads to the terminal at Colorado Springs Airport on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A lone traveler heads to the terminal at Colorado Springs Airport on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Smoke, flames, and emergency vehicles may be visible Wednesday as crews conduct a mass casualty response exercise at the Colorado Springs Airport.

The exercise will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday. It will allow people from several organizations to test their procedures for responding to a simulated aircraft emergency.

The exercise will not affect airport operations.

The FAA requires all airports with scheduled flights to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three years, and tabletop exercise all other years. The last Colorado Springs Airport exercise was in 2017.

Agencies participating in the exercise include:

  • Colorado Springs Airport
  • Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management
  • Peterson Air Force Base Aircraft Rescue Firefighting
  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department
  • Colorado Springs Communications
  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Penrose Main Hospital
  • Penrose St. Francis
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Salvation Army

The city said this year’s exercise has been modified to adhere to public health guidance regarding the coronavirus.

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