Multiple agencies train to respond to helicopter crashes

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -- Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne Fire Rescue, and Air Life Denver prepared for this exercise for a year. On July 8, 2019, the three agencies met on top of CRMC to test the fire suppression system at CRMC and to run through how the firefighters would handle the situation if a helicopter were to crash.

Cheyenne Fire Rescue participates in an exercise at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 8, 2019.

Candis Pickard, CRMC's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, said, "We hope we never have a tornado. There are so many disasters happening in our country that we hope never happen here. That's our job. To prepare for the worst and to hope for the best."

Pickard said that Cheyenne Fire Rescue prepared by studying the system, looking at stairwells to get up to the helipad, and examining where they'd connect their equipment among other things. Ryan Anderson, with Cheyenne Fire Rescue, said, "It was a lot of phone calls, a lot of note-taking, a lot of studying and preparation. To prepare my side and my department to be ready for this."

Mandy Krekor, Air Life Denver Flight Paramedic, said, "Today was a really good trial run. I feel very safe in the city of Cheyenne."

Candis Pickard said that Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has never had an incident with a helicopter crashing.