Great Plains Health Announces Plans to Hold an Active Shooter Drill

Great Plains Health, in partnership with North Platte Fire and Rescue, North Platte Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s office and the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct an active-shooter response drill from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 at Great Plains Health. According to a press release from Great Plains Health, the training event will have an active shooter in the hospital and a coordinated response by first responders. There will be an increased presence of emergency vehicle and personnel at Great Plains Health, which may include law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances.

The drill will help all partners evaluate their response in the event an active shooter enters a Great Plains Health facility to inflict harm on visitors and employees. “Unfortunately, these types of events do happen in hospitals around the country, said Matt Odle, Great Plains Health emergency management coordinator. “Organizing and participating in ongoing training and drills is one of the best ways to prepare our staff to respond in a way that ultimately saves lives and mitigates tragedy.”

Areas that may be impacted by the exercise include the North Platte Health Pavilion and the emergency department. The main lobby area may also be part of the exercise. Signs will be posted throughout campus to inform visitors and employees that an active shooter exercise is underway. Normal hospital operations will continue during the exercise.

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About Great Plains Health

Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, is a nonprofit, fully accredited, 116-bed regional referral center serving west Nebraska, northern Kansas and northern Colorado. In total, our primary and secondary service areas span 34 counties, 136,000 lives and approximately 67,832 square miles, about the size of the state of Pennsylvania. With nearly 100 physicians representing over 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced medical services, including heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedic services, women’s services, and a level III trauma center. The system employs approximately 1,100 employees and has more than 200 volunteers. The range of patient populations served includes neonatal, pediatric, adult, obstetric and geriatric.