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Federal Coordinating Center Exercise to take place at Denver International Airport 
Department of Veterans Affairs Public Affairs 
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DENVER (5/31/13) -- On Wednesday, June 5 at 8 a.m., the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System and community partners will conduct a full-scale Federal Coordinating Center exercise at the Signature Flight Support Hangar, Denver International Airport, 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway in Denver.

The exercise will be a major test of the National Disaster Medical System, and will receive, triage and transport more than 150 patients to 11 metro-area hospitals via eight ground ambulances and 10 helicopters in less than six hours.

“This exercise is an example of local, regional and federal efforts to promote a unified response to large-scale incidents. Our objectives include enhancing capacity, building sustainment and creating surge for receiving medical facilities,” said Roger Rewerts, FCC Denver coordinator.

The exercise will include the set up and operation of the FCC Command Center, aircraft arrival and departure of more than 150 patients, medical triage of patients, and the aircraft and ambulance evacuation of the patients from Denver International Airport to local area medical facilities. In total, more than 300 individuals from 20 community agencies will participate in the exercise.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center will participate in this large-scale exercise at the reception process at DIA.  This will be an important test of pediatric systems in preparation for any future emergency situation. 

Other participating local medical facilities include St. Anthony North Hospital, Rose Medical Center, Porter Adventist Hospital, Platte Valley Medical Center, Medical Centers of the Rockies and Aurora, Lutheran Medical Center, and Littleton & Parker Adventist Hospitals. State agencies participating include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and aviation assets and Soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard. Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, METCOM Inc., and Marathon Medical, Inc., are also participating in the exercise.

A Federal Coordinating Exercise is managedmpril 7 Colorado Health Care Systemnged atter be investigated by those involved in your care. by the Department of Homeland Security NDMS and may be activated in times of federally declared national or international emergencies to coordinate definitive medical care of evacuees from the emergency area to the FCC's assigned area. The Denver VA Medical Center FCC, as part of that system, could potentially receive and process hundreds of patients from anywhere in the world. The NDMS solicits and organizes community support services, enrolls non-federal local hospitals and coordinates community hospital bed availability.

The most recent activation of the FCC system involved the Tampa and Atlanta VA Medical Facilities to support the evacuees from Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010.

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 12 p.m. June 4.

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5/30/2013