Gulf County health department hosts active shooter training program

Active Shooter

Attendees from Gulf Coast Emergency Management, School Districts, Sheriff’s Office and Sacred Heart Hospital attended the “Active Shooter” training.

Special to The Star
Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:07 AM.

In an area where most emergency preparations focus on hurricanes, the Gulf County Health Department added an “active shooter” program to their schedule in an effort to be ready for anything.

The exercise, held last Thursday at the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center, was designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities of multi-agency coordination during a shooting-related incident.

The program was funded and hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County and brought together Gulf County Emergency Management, Franklin County Department of Health, Gulf County EMS, the Gulf County Sherriff’s Office, Gulf County School District, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf and Gulf Coast State College to align on policies and procedures.

Using a map of the health department, the active shooter scenario played out in real time throughout the day and the group went step-by-step to share best practices for such a situation from initial contact, to a weapon being fired, to injured employees and hostage situations.

Also explained in detail were police team entry and extraction procedures.

“The program stresses the importance of what everyone is doing to take care of the situation and what to expect from the EOC,” said county Emergency Operations director Marshall Nelson.

The training detailed the process of alerting the necessary emergency departments and creating a funnel for information.

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