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Emergency responders teach, learn from active shooter drill

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Darian Brown (left), Candace Reed (Source: KAIT-TV) Darian Brown (left), Candace Reed (Source: KAIT-TV)
Jeff Bookout (Source: KAIT-TV) Jeff Bookout (Source: KAIT-TV)

ASU-Newport, Jackson County emergency responders, and Unity Health worked together Friday to make sure the Newport campus knew what to do in an emergency situation.

“We had all the key players involved on campus,” Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives Jeff Bookout said. “We talked through a map of the campus and how we wanted folks to respond.”

All of that planning was for an active shooter and disaster drill.

A faculty member played the part of a suspicious person on campus, and the rest of the officials responded appropriately.

Even students in the nursing program participated as victims of the shooter and first responders to triage the wounded.

“It’s a learning experience for us,” Nursing student Darian Brown said. “We’re nurses, so some of us are going to be working in the ER and its stuff we have to do eventually.”

“It kind of helps us learn what to do and questions to ask and how to triage,” Nursing student Candace Reed said.

Bookout said now they’ll review how everyone responded, and make changes as needed.

He said they’ll continue to perform drills on all three campuses to make sure they’re prepared.

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