Broadmoor and North Cheyenne Creek residents invited to participate in wildfire drill

Capt. Pat Rogack, left, Paramedic Troy Baleria of Brush Truck 5 lay hose around a home Saturday, May 18, 2013, during a wildland fire evacuation drill in the upper Skyway neighborhood of Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management conducted the drill. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Broadmoor/North Cheyenne Creek residents: If you receive an emergency call about a wildfire and see police and fire department vehicles in your neighborhood Saturday morning, don't be alarmed.

It's just a drill.

City officials will hold PrepareAthon! Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to give residents a simulated look at what it's like to evacuate their home when a wildfire breaks out. Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and Colorado Springs police and fire departments will also participate.

As part of the exercise, the El Paso-Teller 9-1-1 Authority will place simulated emergency calls to several neighborhoods, including Broadmoor Heights, Broadmoor Resort Community, North Cheyenne Creek, Pine Terrace at the Broadmoor, Overlook Colony and Mayhurst.

Residents can decline to participate.

Participants will be evacuated to a pre-determined location and receive break and a presentation from local emergency responders.

Interested residents can sign up at www.coloradosprings.gov/2016evacdrill or contact Colorado Springs police officer David Husted at 385-7262 or hustedda@ci.colospgs.co.us.

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