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Public to see large-scale, emergency-response exercise in Denver metropolitan area July 23-26 
By Colorado National Guard Pubkic Affairs 
bucket drops 
Colorado Army National Guard crewmembers of 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, practice air-to-ground communication with the Fort Carson Fire Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and execute dumping water from a Bambi Bucket, attached to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, onto ground targets at Fort Carson, Colo., July 22, 2013, during a Vigilant Guard training drill. Vigilant Guard, hosted by the Colorado National Guard, is a large-scale, multi-state, multi-agency exercise focused on inter-agency coordination in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events in Colorado. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Zach Sheely/RELEASED)

Click here or on the photo to download a high-resolution file.

More Vigilant Guard videos and photos are available on DVIDS and Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 22, 2013

CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/22/13) – A large-scale multi-agency exercise will be taking place throughout the Denver metropolitan area July 23-26.  

These military-civil exercises are not open to the public; however, the populace may see personnel wearing chemical protective equipment in the areas noted below.

The exercise will cover areas of Interstate 25 from Denver to Colorado Springs, causing slight traffic delays in some areas.

Vigilant Guard 2013 is a large-scale, multi-state, multi-agency emergency response exercise focused on interagency coordination in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events in Colorado.

Approximate timelines and locations for July 23:  

Denver Health Medical Center in Denver
Approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This site will host a hospital mass causality and decontamination event resulting from simulated tornadoes. Mock patients will be taken through the decontamination process. Responders will be wearing chemical suits and using chemical detection equipment.

North Metro Fire Training Complex in Westminster
Approximately 8 a.m. July 23; 24-hour operations through July 25
This site will host Colorado Task Force 1 and the National Guard CERFP  [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Package], and Civil Support Teams (CSTs). CERFP will conduct all five elements of their mission set: search and extraction; decontamination; medical triage; remains recovery; and command and control. CERPFP will be working in conjunction with multiple civilian partners. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day at this site. The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation. Responders will be wearing chemical suits and using chemical detection equipment. This site will simulate tornado destruction at the Orchard Town Center.

Community College of Aurora in Aurora
Approximately 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This site will host National Guard
Civil Support Teams (CSTs) responding to chemical spills that resulted from simulated tornadoes.  The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation.  Military participants will be outfitted in their chemical protective equipment and other specialized equipment.

Bonfils Blood Center in Denver
Approximately 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) will respond to a simulated hazardous material event. Team members will be searching for a contamination source while wearing chemical suits and using chemical detecting equipment.  The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation. Soldiers and Airmen will be outfitted in their chemical protective equipment. The unit’s mobile analytical laboratory system, and other specialized equipment may be seen.

St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver
Approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This site will host a hospital mass causality and decontamination event resulting from simulated tornadoes. Mock patients will be taken through the decontamination process. This event will include patient transport air movement via Colorado National Guard
UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

PUBLIC ALERT:
From July 23-26, uniformed military members and civilians will be conducting emergency-response exercises in the Denver Metropolitan area. All exercise scenarios are simulations for the purpose of training. Guardsmen may be seen wearing chemical protective equipment. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the Colorado National Guard Public Affairs office at
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053. ***

U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau are sponsoring this large-scale exercise.

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:
For the most up-to-date information about this exercise, follow @CONG1860 and #VGExercise on Twitter or visit the Colorado National Guard website http://co.ng.mil.

Media interested in participating in media can view the schedule here: http://co.ng.mil/media/releases/Pages/130721-vg03mediaday.aspx

Additional request can be facilitated on a case-by-case basis, but will require prior coordination by contacting CONG PA at 720-250-1280 or 720-250-1053.

NEW high-resolution broadcast and still imagery of these events is available now on our DVIDS and Flickr pages at http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/JFH-CNGPA#.Ue3fHkHnYZF  and http://www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/   All imagery is considered public domain and is not subject to copyright  ***

SUPPORTING INFORMATION:
Fact sheets, file photos and other supporting information are available at
http://bit.ly/1dI0oXR

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7/21/2013