Fisher-Titus and Huron County Department of Job and Family Services will be conducting an active shooter drill on Friday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m. The drill will take place at Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, 185 Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk.
Fisher-Titus has been planning and preparing for the drill since early 2019 in partnership with Norwalk Police and Fire Departments, North Central EMS, and MetroHealth. Representatives from each of these agencies will participate in the drill. The public may see drill-related activity near Huron County Department of Job and Family Services and Fisher-Titus Medical Center including a police, fire, and EMS presence at both locations.
“Crisis drills, such as this active shooter drill, are important opportunities for us to prepare for real-life emergencies and make sure our employees understand the policies and procedures we have in place to respond to them,” said Jeff Hayes, vice president, system operations. “Although we hope we never need to put these types of trainings into practice, they are important in making sure we are prepared for worst-case scenarios.”
This active shooter drill is part of an ongoing effort by Fisher-Titus to prepare for an active shooter scenario.
“Since 2017, we have been proactive about providing evidence-based professional development education related to active shooter situations,” said Kayla Pfeiffer, MSN, CPN, RN, patient safety and accreditation manager.
“So far with the help of the Norwalk Police Department and our Fisher-Titus security team, our employees have attended trainings conducted by Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney, we have held an emergency preparedness fair, we have offered personal protection classes for employees, and we have encouraged each department to discuss their response in the event of an active shooter,” Pfeiffer said. “This active shooter drill is the next phase in our effort to be prepared for a similar real-life scenario.”
As part of the drill, employees from Fisher-Titus and Huron County Department of Job and Family Services will be able to practice their response should they ever encounter a similar situation. Additionally, it will give North Central EMS an opportunity to practice triaging patients and transporting them to the Fisher-Titus Emergency Department where employees there will practice responding to the emergency and treat patients with injuries they are not used to seeing on regular basis. Fisher-Titus trauma partner, MetroHealth, will also be working with North Central EMS and the Emergency Department teams in responding to and treating these types of injuries.
Fisher-Titus conducts several drills each year to prepare for different types of emergency situations. In addition to being valuable in preparing for real-life crises, two drills per year are required by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.