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Posted on: September 28, 2016

OPERATION “METCALF MAYHEM”: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE

EAGLE COUNTY, COLORADO – The Eagle County Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a full-scale emergency preparedness/response exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participating agencies will be exercising their ability to respond to a mock scenario revolving around a semi-truck carrying a toxic chemical that overturns on Metcalf Road in Avon, prompting road closures and the evacuation of areas within the Wildridge neighborhood.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this temporary closure on Metcalf Road but it will provide a fantastic opportunity for your emergency services to practice lifesaving techniques and assist our community in understanding and practicing emergency evacuation procedures.

The section of Metcalf Road between 491 Metcalf Road (Lower Metcalf Lofts), 511 Metcalf Road (Upper Metcalf Lofts) and Wildwood Road will be temporarily closed. This will allow for business access to lower Metcalf businesses. Wildridge residents will be temporarily diverted onto W Wildwood Road to Mountainstar Road and then to Buck Creek Road, down to Nottingham.

Local emergency responders will participate in the exercise, which will be conducted as a full-scale exercise, meaning emergency personnel will respond to the incident location; residents can expect to see multiple emergency vehicles in the area of Metcalf Road during the exercise. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the evacuation and test their personal emergency preparedness plan. A simulated evacuation center will be set up at Avon Elementary School at 9:30 a.m., where information on wildfire readiness programs and other public safety information will be available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience a Red Cross shelter and participate in a simulated community meeting regarding the “incident” and subsequent evacuations.

This exercise was designed to test real-time emergency response and coordination between multiple agencies. An emphasis will be placed on incident management, evacuation, public warning and public information. Communications protocols and “patient” decontamination will also be tested.

Exercise participants include:
• Eagle County Office of Emergency Management
• Town of Avon
• Avon Police Department
• Eagle River Fire Protection District
• Eagle County Paramedic Services
• Eagle River Water and Sanitation District
• Eagle County Government
• Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
• Eagle County Public Information Officers Group
• Vail Public Safety Communications Center
• Regional Hazardous Materials Association of Eagle County (RHMAEC)
• American Red Cross
• Salvation Army
• Vail Valley Medical Center
• State of Colorado Office of Emergency Management
• Colorado State Patrol

For additional information, please contact Tracy LeClair at (970) 471-5284 or tleclair@eagleriverfire.org.

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