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Emergency agencies plan to hold disaster drill at airport

Tyler Baskfield

Yampa Valley Regional Airport east of Hayden will be the site for disaster training in October.

Members of emergency response agencies in the area will stage a mock disaster called “HAZAIR 99” Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. The exercise will test regional agencies’ response to a full-scale disaster. All emergency agencies from Moffat and Routt counties will participate.

The drill is also the Yampa Valley Regional Airport annual certification drill. All agencies participating in the exercise will pre-stage at the Hayden fire station and will bring equipment and tools to deal with hazardous material, fire and medical emergencies.

Roy Mason, Craig Fire/Rescue chief, believes this exercise is well overdue.

“It’s going to be very beneficial to work with Routt County,” said Mason. “It’s very important for organizations to learn how to work together and to test our communications. This interagency communication has been stressed in conferences across the United States. We have been planning this exercise for over a year and our goal is to learn to work with agencies we normally don’t get a chance to work with. That way if a large scale emergency does ever happen we can be more organized and work together.”

The exercise also needs “victims.” Anyone who wants to volunteer as a victim should contact the Hayden airport fire department.

A critique of the exercise will be held on site at 1:30 p.m.