School Shooting Mock Drill

By Mitzi Loera
Newswest 9

It's a way to make sure if the unthinkable happens they are prepared.

On Friday, Medical Center Hospital, Ector County ISD, and the City of Odessa partnered in a mock drill involving a school shooting.

Students lay motionless a graphic scene of violence at the hand of a lone a gunman who made his way into a school.

"We had an active shooter, we made entry took the bad guy down who was another officer for the district police, we had several casualties, several victims, several hostages," said Sgt. Randall Jones with E.C.I.S.D. police.

A frightening situation, but it's not real, however the message is.

"Unfortunately it's a sign of our times.  We wanted to work with E.C.I.S.D. to make sure their plans are in place, so they are ready to respond should we ever have, we can contain and do as little damage as possible, we don't become a Columbine," said Sharon Lloyd, Director of Emergency Safety and Response for Medical Center Hospital.

This is actually a drill putting first responders to the test.

"We neutralize the situation, we escort out the hostages as you could see we had them come out with their hands on their heads, put them against the wall, identify them make sure their no type of suspect, get their names, and get everybody involved," Jones said.

"We are actually required to do two emergency drills every year by the Joint Commission, but we also do it so we make sure our staff is ready to respond to any disaster situation in the Permian Basin," Lloyd said.

And it's after the injured taken care of at the scene to see how a busy emergency room handles their part of the drill.

"It's very chaotic especially when we're talking about a drill situation even in a natural situation, E.R.'s are always busy, so anytime you add an influx of patients' to them it makes it even harder for them to do their jobs, so we're helping them to do their job," Lloyd said.

This drill is meant to hone the skills of the personnel at Medical Center Hospital from the board room to the emergency room.

This type of emergency training is also crucial for the E.C.I.S.D's District Police, because many times they will be the first on the scene.

"It helps us be prepared, afterwards we go back, and debrief to see what we could do better," Jones said.