A simulated active shooter drill was held recently at Guthrie Pediatric Center and the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Department in Sayre. The exercise involved Guthrie staff, local and regional first responders, and actors that served as victims and patients.
The exercise encompassed multiple scenarios in which an active shooter opens fire inside the Pediatric Center and injures a number of victims who are then transported to the Emergency Department. The exercise allows those involved to test their emergency preparedness policies and protocols, and to identify any improvements that can be made.
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Michael Stitley, stated, “We had about 50 first responders who took part in this exercise including police, fire, and EMS. We also had some neighboring firefighters observing the drill in hopes of bringing back useful information to their individual departments. The main goal with this drill is to identify lessons learned and to apply those lessons to either real events or other exercises in the future.”
An extensive evaluation of the training will also be completed, information from which can be used to apply for grants to improve emergency response and safety.
Similar trainings and drills are being planned for other Guthrie locations in the future.