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Lake County Mock Emergency Scheduled for June 7

Wildland Fire Training Exercise for Emergency Responders

When you were growing up, they called them fire drills. In more recent times, they were referred to as mock emergencies. You’ve probably seen them featured on the evening news as training exercises for emergency responders to train with “real” victims under “real” circumstances.

One month from today, on Friday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. the Leadville/Lake County emergency responders will be PRACTICING a full-scale wild land fire (exercise) near the Sugar Loafin’ Campground. This exercise will include evacuations from the neighboring homes, pet evacuation, set up & use of an evacuation center, communication processes and practice a variety of other situations that could arise in a real wild land fire. 

It’s no surprise that wildfire is at the top of the risk list for Lake County. In fact, the scheduled training exercise is notably close to the anniversary of last year’s Treasure Fire on June 24.

June 27_Treasure Fire Briefing

Firefighters at the morning briefing of the Treasure Fire on June 27, 2012. Last year’s wildfire was a stark reminder to Lake County residents to BE PREPARED!

Perhaps this stark reminder will remind all resident’s the need to get that emergency evacuation kit together and have a plan in place. And if you’re interested in becoming more actively involved, the Lake County Office Emergency Management (LCOEM) is actively seeking volunteers to participate in the June 7 exercise. This is a great opportunity for your family to practice their emergency plan as well as familiarize themselves with evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency in Lake County.   

If you would like to participate in this exercise as a volunteer, please contact LCOEM Manager Mike McHargue at  or Nicole with the Lake County’s Sheriff Office at  prior to May 24. 

All volunteers assisting in this exercise must get a card from the Sheriff’s office and attend at least 1 training prior to this exercise.   Evacuation volunteers going to the evacuation center do not need a card. 

This exercise will help all responders to be better prepared in the event of a real wild land fire situation in the coming months.  Remember, with the recent furloughs in the federal budget, funding of exercise like these will be drying up, so get involved and informed NOW!

If you cannot participate in the June 7 exercise, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are alerted in the case of an emergency in Lake County.

  1. Like the LCOEM Facebook Page
  2. Pick up a copy of the Lake County Community Preparedness Handbook, available at the Lake County Courthouse.
  3. Sign up for telephone notification alerts: LINK.
The recently upgraded Lake County Emergency Dispatch Center allows responders to communication with state-of-the-art equipment.

The recently upgraded Lake County Emergency Dispatch Center allows responders to communication with state-of-the-art equipment.



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