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Triangle hospital practices active shooter drills as precaution

Posted October 1, 2015 11:02 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2015 6:14 a.m. EDT

— Emergency response drills for an active shooter are occurring more frequently in Wake County.

“I saw a few weeks ago, there’s been over 200 active shooter events in the United States since January,” said Barbara Bisset, executive director of emergency services at WakeMed.

Bisset said hospital protocol works in two phases, one of which is if the hospital is the scene of the active shooter. The protocol includes running, hiding or fighting for their lives, by any means necessary, including using fire extinguishers as weapons.

“First of all, if you hear or see something, you have to absolutely believe it because you only have a few seconds," Bisset said.

The second phase—treating mass casualties.

WakeMed is a leading trauma center in the Triangle and will likely see many patients in a mass casualty event.

Bisset said the hospital put all of its emergency centers through active shooter drills this summer.

“[It’s] tragic, but I think it’s the reality of our day,” she said.