'Broken Arrow' exercise to test firefighters response time in Loveland Tuesday

Event held at Budweiser Event Center in Loveland

LOVELAND, Colo. - Several firefighting agencies will face a test on Tuesday -- can they get 30 pieces of firefighting equipment to a pre-determined location in 90 minutes?

The deployment test is being held at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

The call will go out at 10 a.m. Then officials will watch the response. The goal is to get fire teams to the pre-determined location as quickly as possible.

"We know that hitting the fire hard, fast & heavy is key to gaining control in the earliest stages of fires in the wildland urban interface area especially on those days with catastrophic red flag conditions," stated Chief Mike Morgan, President of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs. "Rapid mobilizations of this number of resources have not been done before and we need to know if it can be done."

The exercise is being called "Broken Arrow." It was a code used in Vietnam for the direst situations and called for all available tactical aircraft for support of a ground unit facing imminent defeat in battle.

The first Broken Arrow test was held earlier this month at the Douglas County Justice Center.

"After this is done on the Front Range we will look at modifications for the Mountains and the Western Slope," said Chief Chris Riley, chair of the Broken Arrow Task Force.

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