An Active Shooter Drill conducted in partnership between the IU Health North Hospital Police Department and the Carmel Police-is planned for the morning of Nov. 3 at the Indiana University Health North Hospital campus in Carmel.
Violence in health care settings continues to be a concern. Through the combined efforts of police forces at IU Health North and the City of Carmel, a team of experts for this event will offer hospital employees the opportunity to participate in a live “active shooter” scenario.
The event will be anchored by leaders in hospital security including Police Chief Garry Kimble, chief of police with the IU Health North PD since its inception in April of 2014 and Deputy Chief Rob Herren. Kimble has over 17 years of police and security experience and Herren has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years.
“The goal of this event is to provide our hospital team members with an onsite experience that safely simulates an active shooter and allows them to recognize the sounds of real gunfire in the workplace,” says Kimble.
Law enforcement professionals will be using blanks in this training. During the event, there will be multiple rounds of realistic-sounding, simulated gun shots lasting 5-7 minutes. Carmel Police and IU Health North Police have both been involved in the planning of these exercises and will play the roles of shooter and response team.
“This program has been developed to bring together various hospital stakeholders-security, law enforcement, disaster preparedness, risk management and bedside caregivers-to experience the drill scenarios and then discuss how the professions can work together in the event of an actual emergency,” says Kimble.
This highly controlled emergency preparedness drill will not take place in a public facing area of the hospital. All participants are volunteer hospital employees who have received prior training and debriefing. Patients and families at the hospital on the morning of the drill may notice an increase in onsite police presence or an increase in security activity. Otherwise, the Active Shooter Drill will not impact patient care in any way.