On Sunday morning, bright and early, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and Calvert Memorial Hospital participated in an active shooter training drill at the hospital. The drill took place in the cafeteria, the hallway and the doctor’s lounge, using a small portion of the hospital. The simulated drill allowed the participants to train in case of a real emergency.
Before the exercise, everyone was briefed on their part in the role playing. Some of the law enforcement personnel played roles of controller, SWAT, Patrol while hospital staff played the role of victims, hostages and evaluators. Leading the exercise was Jimmy Marcum. This training allows for evaluations of the good and the bad and what needs to be reevaluated.
Calvert County was notified by Nixle that it was a simulated exercise and frequent announcements were made over the hospital’s public address system, letting everyone now that it was a simulated exercise. If a real emergency had happened, the training would have been put in “time out”.
The exercise showed Road Patrol was the first to respond to an emergency such as this. This is why it’s important to have manpower on the road in case of a real event. The Swat Team came in and did a great job of taking out the “shooter”. Most of the feedback after the exercise was positive from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the Calvert Memorial Hospital staff. The hospital will do some work on improving their policy.
“This was great training especially dealing with today’s climate. We look forward to doing this again in the future” said Sergeant Ricky Cox.
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