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Mineral County Sheriff’s Office prepared for an active shooter scenario last year as a training for Mt. Grant General Hospital.

Mineral County residents who will be using the Mt. Grant General Hospital facilities on Tuesday, Nov. 5 should be made aware that an active shooter drill will be held between those hours so that hospital employees, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department can prepare for incidents before they occur.

Carol Lemieux, the hospital’s emergency manager and safety director told the Independent-News in 2018 when she first implemented the active shooter drill that, active does not necessarily mean shooting. If a gun is used in a threatening manner or brandished, it is considered an active shooter situation. An active shooter situation is danger for everyone.”

Hospital Administrator Hugh Qualls had told the Independent-News that the drill, though uncomfortable for both staff and patients, needs to be completed.

Lemieux reminds those to “run-hide-fight” during these situations. Hospital staff will do all they can to stay out of the way of the shooter, but will still make sure that any patient under the hospital’s care are not put in harm’s way.

If you have questions regarding this drill, please call Lemieux at the hospital at 775- 945-2461.