Denver International Airport hosts major medical evacuation training drill Wednesday
Exercise involves military helicopters, 300 people
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Denver International Airport is hosting a major medical evacuation training drill Wednesday morning.
This exercise of the National Disaster Medical System involves military Lakota, Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters, EMS units, and about 300 personnel.
The exercise will simulate the evacuation of victims of a tornado in southern Wyoming.
Crews will simulate the reception, triage and transport of more than 150 "patients" to 11 metro-area hospitals, via eight ambulances and 10 medical helicopters.
This will be the first time that children and adolescents will volunteer to be evacuated as part of the readiness exercise.
The drill is at the Signature Flight Support Hangar at DIA, located at 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway.
It is expected to last about six hours.
It is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System, the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, and various community partners.
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