In an effort to better prepare for the unexpected, members of The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department will participate in an active shooter training exercise Friday, July 21.
During the drill, which will take place at 5 a.m. in the hospital, emergency physicians, nurses and other staff will be tested on their ability to make decisions on patient care and self-preservation and whether it is appropriate to run, hide or fight. In anticipation of the announced drill, staff members have been reviewing emergency procedures.
The UTMC Security Department and UT Police Department will lead the training scenario, which will include a volunteer simulating an active shooter entering the building and opening fire. The drill will last about 15 minutes with a debrief session afterward to discuss how the staff responded.
The training exercise is part of ongoing efforts to better prepare and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. UTMC nurse leaders participated in a training exercise last year, and UTPD routinely trains for active shooter scenarios.
To review UT’s safety procedures and plans, visit the UT Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department website.