May 3, 2014 6:27 PM by Leah Kraus

Wildfire mobilization drill held in Castle Rock

In the case of a fire, every second counts. That motto is especially important with the catastrophic wildfires the Colorado Springs area has experienced over the past few years. These fires have also proved that in some cases you have to rely on others for help.

That's why the "Broken Arrow" mobilization drill was held on Saturday at the Douglas County Justice Center. The hope was to get 30 pieces of fire apparatus to arrive at a single area within 90 minutes.

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley said not only was it successful, it was a "historic day" for Colorado.

"They seemed very organized and we're proud to represent the city of Colorado Springs," he said.

Even though nearly every engine made it to the center in the 90 minute time period, firefighters say there are always things to improve on.

"Communication is one of the biggest issues," said Lt. Steve Winters, of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. He says getting everyone on the same radio channel quicker next time is key.

An additional "Broken Arrow" drill will be held on May 13th in Larimer County.



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