Active Shooter Incidents in Medical Buildings can no Longer be Thought of as a "Never Event"

Friday, July 26, 2019 General News
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Scottsdale Police Department and SMIL Medical Imaging Collaborate in Active Shooter Training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- SMIL Medical Imaging is very, very safe for both patients and

staff. However, the grim reality is that active shooter incidents in medical buildings can no longer be thought of as a "never event".

Over the past few months, Scottsdale Police Department partnered SMIL Medical Imaging in advanced emergency preparedness training, planning and recently ran a full reality-based training simulation.

"While it's something we may not want to think about, the exercise is needed," said Jessica Montgomery, SMIL COO. "Scottsdale Police Department has been amazing to work with. SMIL's leadership team understood that "Crime in Progress Reality Based Training" was going to be disruptive to our day-to-day operations but all agreed on just how important this education and training is for the safety of our patients and our own staff."

The largest SMIL location in Scottsdale, Ariz., was chosen as the location for the drill and temporarily closed in the early hours of the morning. The training scenarios simulated an active shooter situation in a large medical building. Three separate scenarios were run. Each involved different sets of responding officers, personnel, and over 80 volunteer SMIL team members. The focus was on methodically clearing threats in the building, initiating rapid triage and treatment and how to safely evacuate patients and staff.

"Scottsdale Police Department provided prior, advanced training to all our employees. SMIL then planned and developed best practices. The drill was a highly successful test of everything we had put into place," said Montgomery. "Healthcare facilities like ours need especially careful planning. Providers may be caring for vulnerable patients, law enforcement may need accurate facility floor plans showing the location of certain types of medical equipment – our needs to prepare and prevent are just a little different."

Scottsdale Police Department has a goal of developing safer neighborhoods through community partnerships and participation. "The experience gained here on all sides was essential in refining a collaborative approach to saving lives and threat mitigation," said Sergeant Ben Hoster Scottsdale Police PIO. "We look forward to continuing this valuable working relationship with our SMIL Medical Imaging partners in the future as part of practicing excellence in all public safety efforts."

To learn more about SMIL, visit For further information on the planning and execution of this training, please contact:

Scottsdale Police Department Sergeant Ben Hoster Scottsdale Police PIO 480-312-1910 bhoster(at)scottsdaleaz(dot)gov

SMIL Medical Imaging John Morgan Freeman Director of Marketing, SMIL 480-425-5000 jfreeman(at)eSMIL(dot)com


SOURCE SMIL Medical Imaging

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