Memorial Regional Health to conduct mass casualty drill
In hopes of avoiding wide-spread panic throughout the City of Craig on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Memorial Regional Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Steve Hilley and MRH Vice President of Operations Jennifer Riley want the public to be prepared for an active mass casualty training exercise.
Memorial Regional Health will be conducting a county‐wide mass casualty exercise on Nov. 20th starting at 1:00 p.m. at 785 Russell Street, formerly the Memorial Regional Health Medical Clinic. According to a press release from MRH, personnel expect the drill to end by 4:30 p.m. In conjunction with the drill at the former medical clinic, the drill will also impact the main hospital campus at 750 Hospital Loop.
The drill will be an active shooter scenario, which will involve the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol’s communication’s system, Colorado Fire Rescue and EMS. In all, around 50 people are expected to be involved in the drill itself, according to Hilley.
“We’ve been planning this since at least July or August,” Hilley said. “What we’ve got going on is that most people are aware that we’re moving the clinic, so this offered a perfect opportunity for us. Our thought was to have a drill at the clinic and give our law enforcement a chance to drill in a real, live scenario. We’re going to act like the clinic is open and there’s an active shooter scenario.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to have the entire community involved.”
Aside from the drill inside the former clinic itself, the active shooter drill will simulate a mass casualty scenario at MRH.
“We want an influx of patients into our facility to simulate a maxed-out capacity and force the teams there to figure out how to solve the puzzle and handle the overload.”
According to Hilley, residents can expect to see a large amount of law enforcement, fire trucks and ambulance crews responding to the area near 785 Russell St. and to the hospital at 750 Hospital Loop for the planned exercise.
We want you to know about this drill so that you can tell other family members, visitors or neighbors that it is only an exercise. We ask that you stay away from the area of 785 Russell Street during this time.
While the drill will cause some chaos, employees and patients will still be able to access this facility at MRH.
Traffic should not be affected by the drill, according to Hilley, while Air Care out of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and Classic Air out of Valley View Hospital will be called in as well in hopes of simulating designated landing zones for mass casualty life flights.
For more information on the drill, please contact Hilley at 970-826-2454.