NU Medical Center holds training session

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Medical Center participated Thursday with area police and emergency response services in an “active shooter” simulation event to train for responding to a school shooting.

The Medical Center partnered with Brown County Emergency Management, Allina EMS and South Central EMS for the training. The New Ulm Police Department, Brown County Public Health, New Ulm Public School and MN Homeland Security and Emergency Management also volunteered for the event.

The simulations revolved around staff and students from New Ulm Public. New Ulm Police applied make-up to simulate injured people ranging from walking wounded to an injured safety officer. The most dramatic scenario involved NUMC doctors working around police while treating “the shooter.”

Unlike last week’s “active shooter” simulation for the New Ulm Police, Thursday’s drill focused on NUMC doctors, nurses and staff “treating” a surging influx of patients to test response capabilities. The hospital mobilized its entire staff during the training.

“Obviously none of us would ever want this to happen in our community, but I think everybody also wants to be prepared,” said Toby Freier, New Ulm Medical Center president.

Event organizers called the training a success late Thursday. They said it helps them understand the limits of their system and learn how to either fix it or adapt to it. Organizers said the event also allows the hospital staff to consider responses to other elements that occur in an event like a school shooting, such as handling the media or learning how to talk with those experiencing tragedy.

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