LOGAN — Late Tuesday morning, sirens, lights and emergency personnel surrounded the Hocking County Board of Developmental Disabilities as they put their training to the test for an active shooter drill.
Logan Police Captain Ryan Gabriel, said LPD was approached by the Board of DD to conduct a full-scale drill for the first time with their staff that uses ALICE training.
According to alicetraining.com, ALICE stands for, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and is one of the most widely used trainings. They offer course trainings for schools, healthcare, higher education, businesses, government buildings and churches, while also making themselves readily available to people who can’t attend a physical class by offering e-learning.
Stephanie Brausey is the Community Support Department Assistant at the Board of DD and was selected last Thursday by her co-worker, Karen Fisher — who’s the building safety coordinator and director of finance — to be a victim.
“I was wounded so I sat on the floor with a sign that said ‘Gun Shot Wound’ then the police officers started coming in asking if anybody was in the building and I would say ‘Help, help, I’ve been shot’ and so then they cleared the building to let EMS come in and treat me. They put a tourniquet on my leg immediately and then helped get me to the front door where they were able to put me on a gurney and take me to the squad,” explained Brausey.
Gabriel noted that it’s good to make these drills as realistic as possible.
“We don’t want to cause anyone to have a panic attack or injuries or anything but a little stress, with our role players as far as fire complaints in the building and such, that kind of helps get the adrenaline flowing,” Gabriel remarked.
Just as they did with the active shooter drill at Logan-Hocking Middle School and Green Elementary last week, the first responders and staff of the Board of DD all sat in for an after action review session to go over how the drill went.
“As far as their reaction, they did what they were trained to do. The employees did a great job of immediately responding and implementing their safety — either evacuation plans or their shelter in place plan — and of law enforcement for the city obviously there was a quick response,” Gabriel continued.
Brausey noted that you can’t be prepared for every possible scenario but it’s good to test your reaction and skills on safety.
“I’m just really grateful that we have such a quick response time and that all of the officers and emergency personnel involved were quick, kind, caring, and thorough — they were very professional. It was very impressive,” Brausey said.
Gabriel made note that the Logan PD has two officers who are ALICE instructors that help train the schools and recently have started to train churches in the area after the shooting in Texas at the First Baptist Church.