UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital to hold ‘active shooter’ drill

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Drill will take place Thursday, Dec. 20 from 8:30-10 a.m.

Marlborough – UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital in partnership with the Marlborough Police Department will be conducting an Active Shooter Drill, Thursday Dec. 20, from 8:30 – 10 a.m.

The drill will be announced via the overhead paging system: “This is a drill– Active Shooter.”  The location in the hospital where the police and hospital staff will be holding the drill will also be announced. The hospital department will be closed off from patients and staff. All other areas of the hospital will be business as usual.

Marlborough law enforcement has been involved in the planning of this exercise and will play the roles of shooter and response team. Law enforcement professionals routinely use blanks in training and blanks will be used during the drill.

The following will take place during the drill:

  • Multiple rounds of realistic-sounding, simulated gun shots. There will be one round of shots, a period of silence then another round of shots this will last between 5 and 20 minutes depending upon how the scenario plays out between the shooter, police arrival and how they sweep the scene.
  • Marlborough Police officers will respond carrying real weapons that have been cleared and checked prior to the start of the drill.
  • ALL CLEAR will be called once the area has been swept and the shooter apprehended.

Hospital employees have been informed that a drill is taking place.  Patients and visitors will also be notified when they walk in the doors of the hospital.  Hospital staff will be alerting inpatients so that they are not concerned for their safety.

A debriefing will take place after the drill so that both the Marlborough Police Department and Marlborough Hospital Administration can evaluate and assess their preparedness and response to a situation such as an active shooter.