RMHAM Participates in NDMS 2011

04/20/2011 | Filed under: ARES, Support, Trailer

On April 20th. 2011, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio in conjunction with the Veterans Administration and many metro area ARES groups and first responders including Cunningham Fire, South Metro Fire, Arapahoe County IMT, the Veterans Administration and the US Military held an exercise involving  transportation of victims from an earthquake in Salt Lake City, UT to Denver to local area hospitals.

We provided communications support from the incident site to the participating hospitals as we have in years past.  We were teamed with the transportation group (Air and Ground) inside the hanger at Centennial with the Rocky Mountain Ham Communications Trailer outside.  The information flowed from the different transportation leads to the trailer and then from the trailer to the hospitals.   The hospitals were instructed to utilize their ARES personnel should they have questions or issues during the exercise.

We will utilized digital modes (winlink, packet cluster) as much as possible with voice confirmation.   The information passed included the transportation type, patient load and departure time from Centennial airport.  Hospitals will responded with transport type, arrival time and departure time if aircraft.  There were 10 military helicopters (UH-72 Lakota (single patient) and UH-60s (multiple patients)) and two civilian helicopters.   Most of these made several trips during the exercise periods

Take a look at our other photos in the photo gallery!