FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, May 2, 2014
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Ron Hanavan
Public Information Officer
Colorado National Guard
Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa Theiral
Public Affairs Officer
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard will be participating in a wildland fire exercise in coordination with Douglas County May 3 from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. in the area of the Happy Canyon subdivision (I-25 and Happy Canyon) along with the City of Castle Pines.
As part of the interagency drill, or I-Drill, people in the area will notice military personal and vehicles in the area, as the Colorado National Guard conducts simulated road blocks as part of its National Guard Reaction Force validation.
The NGRF is a ready force, capable of augmenting and complementing civilian assets during domestic homeland security incidents. NGRF teams provide site security with presence patrols and other displays of force, establish roadblocks and checkpoints, and assist civil authorities in controlling civil disturbances.
The NGRF is trained to quickly respond to both man-made and naturally occurring threats. The development of this ready reaction force provides state-supported agencies an asset that is prepared to quickly assist as an all-hazard response force.
Travelers in the area will not be restricted, unless they are participants in the drill and have designated participation with an orange paper or a book on their vehicle dashboards.
As a whole, the I-drill is designed to prepare firefighters, law enforcement officers and the public to respond to a wildland fire.
This exercise is part of the continued efforts of Douglas County emergency services to prepare and train for all hazards in the county.
The Colorado National Guard will be training with several Douglas County agencies.
The I-Drill will simulate a fire incident and will allow participating agencies to practice command and control, communications and support functions. The exercise will also engage law enforcement and the public in an evacuation of participating residents in Happy Canyon and Forest Park in the City of Castle Pines.
Recent fires in Colorado demonstrate the importance of being able to bring emergency personnel from many different agencies together to work seamlessly in the field. This exercise will provide an opportunity for county agencies to practice working and integrating together with the Colorado National Guard.
The Incident Command post will be located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, so there will be vehicles coming and going from this area throughout the day.
Also on May 3 there will be another drill being conducted at the Douglas County Justice Center. This drill will involve 30 fire vehicles arriving at the Justice center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The purpose of this drill is to test a new concept to send 30 fire vehicles to a designated location within 90 minutes. This is the first of two drills that will be conducted in the month of May; the next drill will be in Larimer County on May 13th.
FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:
Media covering the I-Drill should check in with the on-scene PIO, Kirk Hall, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock, Colo. 80104.
NGRF FACT SHEET
NEWS with links to additional broadcast and still imagery:
A complex fire: Colo. Guardsmen provide mapping, muscle, mentorship in Rocky Mountains
Securing the perimeter
Colo. National Guard provides security in Larimer County
Colo. National Guard reaction force validates readiness
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