Friday, May 15, 2009


AURORA - The sound of an explosion, racing police cars and hovering helicopters would normally be cause for alarm, but not in this case. The chaotic scene in Aurora on Friday will be just a drill.

The city's officer of emergency management plans to start the training exercise at Buckley Air Force Base some time after 5 p.m.

After a loud "boom," emergency responders will race to the base and could impact traffic. Military helicopters will fly "pretend" victims of a terrorist attack to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

The drill is a test of how well civilian and military responders work together in an emergency.

"This is the largest thing I've every done, so there's over 40 agencies in involved. We anticipate that there's over 500 responders as well as over 200 volunteers that are gonna be playing our victims," Deanne Criswell with the Officer of Emergency Management said.

Aurora's 911 operators are prepared to answer calls about the emergency drill. The city will also have recorded information about it on its phone lines and on its Web site. Click here for more information.
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