FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – Security forces at Womack Hospital on Fort Bragg participating in an active shooter drill Friday to ensure they are ready to act at a moment’s notice.
Womack Hospital on post at Fort Bragg is usually quiet but that changed Friday.
Two security officials pretending to be armed intruders storm the building and started shooting.
It’s the moment hospital security teams never hope to see but they’ve practiced for.
“It’s important because the state of affairs we have in our country today, as well as the world, the active shooter is the prevalent type of attack we face and we want to train to the fullest so we’re not vulnerable,” said James Beverly, Security Forces chief of Womack Hospital.
Security forces begin to sweep rooms and hallways to find the shooters.
During the exercise, a team finds an explosive device.
“It’s not just the security forces and our staff. We also have to take care of our patients when it comes to a shooter situation. Getting them out of harm’s way as quickly as possible,” said Beverly.
But before they can even call for help – shots are fired.
Special response teams race in take down the suspect who was unexpectedly armed with more than a gun.
“We came across improved explosive devices,” said Beverly.
That’s where explosive ordinance disposal experts come in.
“It allows us to see what our real time capabilities are, what are timelines are, how we react to incidents and how we can better them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Shaw.
Within minutes, it’s was over.
The shooters were subdued.
Friday’s drill was just practice but it’s training these teams hope will make them more prepared than ever, if they ever have to face the real thing.
“I don’t think you can ever prepare for something like this, but we don’t want to be reactive we want to be proactive,” said Beverly.
This was the first time the Special Reaction Team – EOD and hospital staff have come together to practice.
Practice they said is invaluable.