Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon train for active-shooter
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office’s S.W.A.T. Team Unit along with the hospital are taking steps to prepare if a situation happens in the building.
“If a patient needs our medical attention right then, we do not leave those patients,” Suzanne Brett, a clinical coordinator at the Coliseum, said.
It’s a dedication to patient care.
Nurses at Coliseum Medical Centers say if the worst were to happen on their watch, their goal is to keep patients safe.
“We of course know that we are supposed to protect ourselves — hide when necessary for an incident like this, but it’s also second nature for us to put the patients above ourselves,” Brett said.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office’s S.W.A.T. team trained inside the hospital — preparing for an active shooter.
“We’re always preparing ourselves, the deputies, to be ready for any situation.,” Lt. David Freeland said.
Coordinators worked on preparing the drill for months and say as mass shootings continue to happen across the country, they want to make sure their staff know proper procedures.
“It’s not a matter of if it will happen. It’s really a matter of when and we want to make sure that we give our employees and our patients an opportunity to be prepared,” Liana Rogers, the EMS coordinator at the Coliseum, said.
Freeland said it’s all about repetition and training from both his squad and people in different workplaces.
“It’s helpful that hospitals here and schools and other places that I’ve actually gone and visited and their plans and they’re actually preparing themselves,” he said.
“It all happened extremely quickly. I was trying to take notes. I was either watching or taking notes and I couldn’t do both because it just happened so quickly,” Rogers said.
Responding quickly is the goal — and speed can help save lives.
“I’m very grateful for the fact that most of the emergency room staff are level-headed by nature. As long as they’re kept informed, they stayed very calm,” Brett said.
Lt. Freeland says he helps different organizations and businesses prepare for emergency situations. If you’re interested in learning the best ways to protect you and your employees, call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500.