The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department participated in an Emergency Response Full Scale Exercise at the University of Maryland, College Park, this morning.
The exercise scenario involved an active shooter that entered the University Health Center and opened fire on four individuals. Firefighters and Paramedics, volunteer and career, from College Park Fire/EMS Station #812, Paramedic Ambulance #855 from Bunker Hill and a host of Fire/EMS Incident Commanders simulated their response to the scene after the University of Maryland Police Department had located and arrested the shooter and secured the building.
Paramedics encountered four semi-moulaged patients suffering from a variety of gunshot wounds located throughout the building. Personnel found victims being assisted by Health Center medical professionals and received updates before taking over patient care.
Overall, the exercise was a tremendous success. The drill demonstrated the excellent working relationships and interoperability of multiple agencies. Goals and objectives were accomplished and a critique provided a format for evaluators to discuss procedures that proved to be positive and areas were improvement is needed.