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Law Enforcement Train for an Active Shooter at Joplin's New Mercy Hospital

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Local law enforcement get the lay of the land at the New Mercy Hospital. It's part of training so they can respond swiftly to an armed intruder.

“Planning is important. If you don't plan for something, then you're only going to be reacting to it. And when you go to reacting to the situation is, it's not going to work out very well,” Joplin Police Corporal Brian Henderson.

Police officers, deputies and fire departments move through a security tunnel taking them to the hospitals power sources. They toured the entire 900,000 square foot hospital to determine how each would respond during an active shooter incident. They drilled later but cameras weren't allowed  to protect the integrity of the procedures.

“We want to make sure we have a good relationship with local law enforcement because we work with them hand in hand. And you never know when the time is that we need them to come respond. And you know they're our right hand,” says Security Manager Tim Wampler.

We're inside mercy's main security hub equipped with over 400 cameras. Security officials say having all communications routed into one room is crucial to keeping such a big building safe.

In an attack, hospital security is the first to respond, before calling on Joplin Police or Newton County Sheriff's deputies.

“We just hope to work out. With having so many agencies here that we can learn using unified command and come in and work together, all of us training the same and all of us being under the same direction because if something were to happen here it would take the assistance of several agencies,” says Henderson

The hospital built in other protections, strong windows designed to block tornado level winds can stop bullets moving at up to 250mph.

Staff has new key card access, and security has the ability to lock down all doors in the event of an intruder.

Mercy is also equipped with new phones throughout to notify security of a threat at the touch of a button.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS.
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