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"Active Shooter" Emergency Drill
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) On Wednesday, the city of Cedar Rapids became more prepared to deal with a disturbing national trend.
In the past year, there have been 11 deadly mass shootings in the US resulting in 85 deaths. That fact helped sparked the largest mass shooting drill in Mercy Medical Center history.
The drill took hours to play out at the Hall Perrine Cancer Center.
70 area nursing students received different injuries. Each was prepped before the drill with realistic make-up and a role to play. All together, 15 different groups including first responders, St. Lukes Hospital and Mercy, all joined forces to bring down the shooter and treat the victims. Participants said it will make a difference if something ever happens in the Corridor.
The various agencies, the more they work together in a drill scenario, the more efficient they are going to be in a major disaster, Greg Buelow with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department said.
Jillian Knapp, a senior nursing student at Kirkwood Community College said she was thrilled to participate and experience the situation from a victims perspective.
I hope to take away from a nurse perspective, how to care for my patients better, how to care for them as compassionately as possible, being in a high stress situation. Knapp said.