Simulated Active-Shooting Scene Helps Prepare Local Agencies

ROSEVILLE -- The Rehabilitation Institute Building at Sutter Roseville Medical Center was filled with blood, guns, and screams Wednesday morning -- all staged, and all to learn and prepare.

The active shooter training session invoked a scenario where gunmen were currently on a shooting spree throughout the building.

"We wanted to make it as realistic as possible, so we had victims who would be considered visitors in the lobby and employees in their offices who were all shot," said simulation creator Eric Angle, the hospitals coordinator for emergency preparedness.

SWAT teams from Roseville and Rocklin police departments worked to eliminate the shooter, then worked alongside firefighter paramedics in order to help the victims -- played by actors who work at the medical center.

"We learned a big lesson from Columbine -- getting to victims right away is key -- the number one cause of death is from victims bleeding out," says Angle.

In order to get to those who needed help, paramedics used SWAT member body guards as escorts to move in and out of the building

In a traditional, non-active shooter situation, paramedics would enter what's called a "cold zone" where all threats have been eliminated.

However, in an active-shooter scenario, where a threat may still be present, paramedics must enter what's called a "warm zone," hence the need for the teamwork with law enforcement.

Sutter Roseville conducts shooting and other threat simulations every two to three years.