Emergency drill at Grand Valley High School on Wednesday morning

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Multiple agencies are scheduled to hold emergency drills at Parachute’s Grand Valley High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday morning, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The drills mean the area immediately around Grand Valley High School will be closed to the public, the statement said.

“The idea is to test reaction time, operation of various equipment, inter-agency coordination and support in preparation for an actual emergency or incident,” the statement said. “Such an incident could probably test all of these resources.”



The public will notice, from a distance, the presence of various first responders and equipment, including several law enforcement agencies and EMS with their resources moving on and off site during the exercise, the statement said. The activities can sometimes be intense, depending on the resources tested.

“These drills are an important part of preparedness, in the event of an actual incident or emergency,” the statement said. “We appreciate the cooperation of the public as well as all parties involved.



Participating agencies include Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Care Flight, Classic Air Medical, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Parachute Police Department, Garfield County Emergency Management, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Glenwood Springs Police Department , Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital, Grand Valley High School and the Northwest Regional Healthcare Coalition.

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