Disaster drill at Denver International Airport Monday

DENVER - Denver International Airport will host a major test of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Monday.

The exercise will include the set up and operation of an Federal Communications Commission Command Center, aircraft arrival and departure of 35 patients (simulated by mannequins), medical triage of patients and the simulated ambulance evacuation of the patients from DIA to local area medical facilities.

"Our objectives include enhancing capacity, building sustainment and creating surge for receiving medical facilities," says Roger Rewerts, FCC Denver Coordinator.

The exercise involves the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) and multiple community partners, including Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health. Assets from the Wyoming 187th AeroMed Evacuation Squadron are also participating in the exercise.

The exercise will be conducted at the Signature Flight Support Hangar starting at 8 a.m.

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