Training Highlights

American Medical Response National Competition
Greenwood Village-based American Medical Response (AMR) has hosted its National Competition for five years at CCA's Center for Simulation and Disaster Management Institute. After winning local and regional competitions, 7 two-person teams from across the U.S. competed in the final event for the “Best of AMR” title during the event on Aug. 6, 2017. The pairs participated in numerous situations with actors to replicate challenges they might face in the field. In addition, the teams competed in a timed driving course that measured their abilities to operate an ambulance safely while caring for a patient. AMR and EMS Industry leaders judged participants on their proficiency in clinical knowledge and EMS safety such as their abilities to follow gurney-lifting techniques, provide outstanding patient care, and work well as a team under pressure. 

Save a Cop Tactical Casualty Care (TCC) Simulated Training for Local Law Enforcement
On March 28, 2017, Tactical Casualty Care Simulation attendees participated in live, hyper-simulated events to help them assess, stabilize, or rescue fellow officers or civilians until emergency medical personnel arrive on-scene. The sessions at the Center for Simulation and Disaster Management Institute included in-class and hands-on training to assess casualties and employ lifesaving techniques, such as: triage, hemorrhage control, wound packing, and airway and breathing. Afternoon sessions includes hyper-simulated scenarios, such as Domestic Violence: with an officer down; Active Shooter: with multiple patient casualties; Domestic Terrorism Bombing: with multiple casualties; and Tornado Alley: aftermath of a tornado with multiple injuries and unstable debris. Participants included the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, Westminster Police Department, and many more agencies.

Political Panic
On Nov. 11, 2009, a major response scenario was hatched in which a Congressman was incinerated by a bomb that blew up the dais on which he was giving a speech. There were protesters present. Scores of supporters were injured. Some protestorsoutside the perimeter were unharmed and attempted to converge on first responders to make the rescue efforts more complex. The perimeter needed to be held while the wounded – made up to have realistic injuries -- were treated. Scents of gunpowder, raw sewage and blood were injected into the scene. Thedrill included 300 participants and included a host of public safety and first-responder agencies.

Operation Mountain Guardian
On Sept. 23, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security, NorthCentral Region, funded a mass-casualty exercise that was intended to improve interagency communication and coordination and get multiple groups working together as a team. More than 100 agencies participated. There were three major ‘play points’ to the exercise. An exploded car with mass casualties and injuries and a radioactive element, as well as an active shooter during rescue efforts was trying for police trying to secure the scene and dangerous to first responders attempting to save lives. The so-called ‘Katrina Building’ was wired by terrorists, necessitating SWAT team involvement and hostage rescue. Lastly, a suspicious moving truck parked by another building transformed into a nursing home was loaded with explosives and required getting the elderly and incapacitated out quickly.

Occupy 900
On March 3, 2012, the Colorado National Guard Response Force exercise began with a security guard happening upon anelaborate lab system while executing a routine campus check, then expanded exponentially to suspected terrorism. The FBI, Aurora PD, the Denver Fire Department’s hazardous materials crew and the 8th Civil Support team were among those handling the faux crisis. CCA students and community resources acted as anti-establishment protesters while bystanders looked on. The areaneeded securing while the government went about its investigative work. Some of the actors broke contain and tried to provoke soldiers. There were four keyelements to the exercise: communications; on-site incident management; weapons of mass destruction/HazMat response; and emergency public safety and security.

Smoke Signal
On Dec. 17, 2011, a six-hour tabletop exercise focusing on communications following a F5 tornado was held involving agencies such as Operational Management of Emergency General Activities, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Urban Area Search and Rescue, Colorado Special Tactics and Rescue Medical Reserve Corps and parts of Arapahoe, Elbert, Douglas and Adams counties. The one-mile wide tornado allegedly touched down near Interstate 25 and Yale Ave. with a northeastern tracking. It was picked up right before it hit Denver International Airport, leaving a path of destruction including multiple Emergency Operations Centers, fire stations, police stations and substations, power lines and multiple means of communications. The exercise was designed to test response procedures, gauge existing policies and protocols, and evaluate communications plans relating to operability and interoperability in assisting first responders sent to aid with disaster efforts.


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