An ‘active shooter’ drill took place Thursday morning, with area agencies attending to the mock emergency at Parker Indian Health Center.
An active shooter is defined as an individual who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. The community drill uses volunteers with special effects makeup as actors to play ‘victims’ for the agencies to respond to. ‘Victims’ were taken to IHS and La Paz Regional Hospital.
Drills like this one are carried out twice a year, with one of them involving state level emergency departments too. They primarily test information sharing, communication and allow the agencies to practice with a unified incident command. Each drill simulates a different type of incident, giving the agencies the opportunity to see what needs to be fixed, find out where gaps are in the response and address them.
Agencies involved this week were IHS, LPRH, CRIT Fire, Buckskin Fire, River Medical, AMR, LPC Emergency Preparedness Department, air methods and all law enforcement agencies.