Wildfire evacuation drill involves Cedar Heights residents
In a collaborative effort with the city, residents in the Cedar Heights community will participate in a simulated wildfire evacuation Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. This
is the first time the city has included residents in a wildfire evacuation training exercise, according to Cathy Prudhomme of the Fire Department.
Government participants will include the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, the Fire and Police departments, the El Paso County Wildland Team, the Manitou Springs Fire Department, and the Colorado Springs Utilities Wildland Fire Team.
Through the emergency notification system (commonly known as reverse 9-1-1), Cedar Heights residents will be informed that an evacuation order has been initiated. As residents evacuate their homes, responding agencies will begin their simulated deployment into the neighborhood.
The residents' participation “increases the realism of the overall training effort, and will ultimately increase the participating public safety agencies' effectiveness in an actual wildfire event,” Prudhomme said.
The drill is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes.
From a press release