UTMC students, staff get active shooter training

UTMC students, staff get active shooter training

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - In response to recent school violence, students, faculty and employees at University of Toledo Medical Center practiced what they could do to fend off a gunman bent on creating havoc in their midst.

UTMC held active shooter training so students and staff would have a better sense of what to do if an active shooter takes control of a building.

In one simulated phase, UTMC staff practiced responding to an active shooter in the hospital.

The second phase of the exercise tested the UTMC Emergency Department's ability to respond to a surge of patients in need of critical medical care.

Students and staff also simulated de-escalation techniques to potentially calm situations before they turn violent.

Those who practiced previous active shooter training were much better prepared.

"There's definitely a difference in how students respond to active shooter situations when they've had our ALICE training or active shooter training here on campus. So as our ALICE training has grown and more students have the training, you see the results of that when you do an exercise like this," said Chief Jeff Newton of the University of Toledo Police Department.

The letters in ALICE stand for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.

Chief Newton encourages every member of the Toledo community to also go through ALICE active shooter training.

The University of Toledo hosts these training events frequently for anyone to attend.

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