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Active-shooter drill designed to prepare first responders for incident in hospital

On Sunday, May 20, Clackamas Fire partnered with Kaiser Permanente to practice response to an active-shooter scenario inside the emergency department at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Happy Valley.

PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS FIRE - Clackamas firefighters assist a mock wounded patient during a drill on May 20 at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Sunnyside Road in Happy Valley.The drill gave Kaiser Permanente emergency staff and Clackamas firefighters the opportunity to practice their response to such an incident including injury triage, initial patient care and transportation to the various areas within the hospital where patients would need to go to receive specialized care.

As part of the training, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Army National Guard and Cascade Medical Training worked with firefighters, doctors, nurses, emergency staff and hospital security.

"The goal of the training was to facilitate a cooperative response to an active-shooter incident and allow the various emergency partners to practice working together to ensure those affected received proper care and those responding were safe and efficient while carrying out their lifesaving duties," said Clackamas Fire spokesman Dave Doornink. "More training events like this one are being planned for the future to continue providing opportunities to practice and learn how to continually make responses to an active-shooter incident safer and efficient for providing care."

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