Firefighters, Nurses Practice Evacuation Drills At Local Hospital

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
Nurses and doctors at Scott & White Hospital and local first responders practiced evacuating patients Thursday.

(Photo by Rachel Cox)

TEMPLE (October 25, 2012) --- Part of a busy Central Texas hospital was evacuated Thursday, but it was just a drill for a situation the nurses, firefighters and police hope they’ll never face in reality.

Training during the three-day exercise at Scott & White Hospital in Temple included what to do in the case of a fire, a gunman, or anything else that could force the evacuation of patients from the building.

Students from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor acted as some of the patients Thursday during the drill in what used to be the pediatric intensive care unit.

Jennifer Henager works with the Scott & White Emergency Preparedness team and said one of the hardest parts about evacuations was getting patients on life support out of the building.

"There's a lot of equipment that has to go with them, if they're on a ventilator you actually have to manually bag and help them breath and that's why we do these types of situations," Henager said.

Temple Fire Chief Lonzo Wallace, Jr. said the training provided valuable skills for first responders.

"We've had all three shifts come through to do this exercise and we'll talk about things we need to improve upon," Wallace said.

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