Cape Gazette

Beebe exercise comes close to real life

Police, paramedics, hospital staff react to 'shooter'
Dec 13, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Delaware State troopers work to secure the scene during an active shooter exercise at Beebe Healthcare. The "shooter," in the center of the floor, was "shot" by Lewes police.

After months of planning, Beebe Healthcare staged an active shooter exercise at its medical center in Lewes on Dec. 12. The event was a collaboration between Beebe and Delaware State Police, Lewes Police Department, Lewes Fire Department, Delaware State Police Aviation Unit, Sussex County Paramedics and Emergency Operations Center and LifeNet.

See more about the event in the Tuesday, Dec. 17 edition of the Cape Gazette.

In the exercise scenario, a distraught husband with a handgun comes looking for his wife inside the hospital. He warns hospital staff to stay away as he looks for a way out of the hospital. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes police come into the hospital with guns drawn; they were able to subdue the shooter. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes and Sussex County emergency personnel access one of the shooting victims. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
More police enter the scene after the shooter is taken down. When he entered the hospital he shot at least a dozen people. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A victim sits in the hall during a shooting exercise at Beebe Healthcare. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Emergency personnel prepare to transport a victim to another hospital. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sussex County Emergency Operations Center staff monitor the drill from the mobile command center set up outside the hospital. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cheryl Littlefield, a Beebe trauma nurse and emergency management coordinator, is busy during the Dec. 12 exercise. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A sign tells the story about what is going on inside Beebe Healthcare. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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