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Colorado Vigilant Guard exercise in Denver metropolitan area July 22-26 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs    
Denver Health Vigilant Guard 
Denver Health’s Emergency Department Josh Kreamelmeyer (left), U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard Jager and Denver Health Christy Pickens move a simulated wounded patient on to a rolling hospital bed after finishing the decontamination process during a Vigilant Guard exercise where patients have to be decontaminated before entering the hospital for medical treatment in Denver, Colo., July 23, 2013. The Vigilant Guard exercise is a weeklong exercise full of scenarios based on wildfires, tornadoes, air craft accidents, hazmat response, search and rescue, triage, medevac and other emergency-response measures. The training and experience gained from this exercise will provide the Colorado National Guard and supporting military units an opportunity to improve cooperation and operational relationships with their local, state, private sector, non-governmental organizations and federal partners. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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

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

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.  

This exercise involves approximately 2,300 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 8 different states and hundreds of civilian medical personnel and first responders. 

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

The exercise will cover areas of Interstate 25 in the Denver metro area, possibly slowing traffic at times.

Approximate timelines and locations for July 24:  

North Suburban Medical Center
Approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This site will host a hospital mass evacuation event resulting from simulated tornadoes. Mock patients will be transported by ground and air assets. This event will include patient transport air movement via Colorado National Guard
UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

North Metro Fire Training Complex
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.

Denver University
Approximately 4 a.m. to 11 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.

Denver International Airport
Approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This site will host National Guard
Civil Support Teams (CSTs) assisting in clean up and recovery of a small overturned aircraft 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.

Community College of Aurora in Aurora
Approximately 2 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.

West Metro Fire Training Complex
Approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This site will host 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.  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.

PUBLIC ALERT:
From July 22-26, 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. ***

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:
Site visit 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.

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.

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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7/22/2013