Fort Carson announced it will be conducting full-scale training exercises on Wednesday.
According to a release, the exercises will start at 9 a.m. near Gate 2 and will test the post’s emergency response and recovery systems. This is in response to any potential hazardous material spill situations.
Fort Carson says the exercise is expected to last several hours, as smoke and fire may be visible in the areas both on and off post. Fort Carson Emergency Services will be on hand monitoring the exercise.
There will be an increase of emergency personnel near Gate 2 and Mountainside Elementary during the exercise. An increased flow of traffic is expected, along with delays, so people are encouraged to plan accordingly.
The exercise is said to pause when school is released, as to not interfere with parents picking up students or any bus routes, according to a release. Evans Army Community Hospital will also play a role in the exercise in caring for simulated injuries, but will not impact normal hospital operations.
Mountain Guardian 18 will include first responder operations, the establishment of the Emergency Operations Center, by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, and involvement of nearly every U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Carson staff with support of first responders.
People are asked not to call 911 if smoke or flames are seen near Gate 2 unless there is an actual emergency.