Hospital staffers prepare for emergency situations

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MORRISVILLE, Vt. (WCAX) It is a real-life situation no one ever wants to be in-- facing down someone with a gun.

Management at Copley Hospital in Morrisville say they have never had an active shooter incident on their campus. But after seeing recent deadly shootings in public places in the United States, they wanted to be ready.

"If people want to do something, they are going to find a way to do it," said Mark Sutton, the head of safety and security at Copley Hospital. "The possibility for an event like this to visit us is probable," said Sutton.

While Sutton says he hopes it never happens, his team is prepared as best as they can.

On Thursday, 11 hospital employees took park it A.L.I.C.E., a hands-on active shooting training. The group will then train the hospital's 500 employees.

"The original training that has been being trained in the school situation for the last 20 something years was the hide in an area, group yourself in a corner," said Sutton.

Sutton says, that method has proven to be unsuccessful.

What his group learned Thursday, taught them to do the opposite.

"People are smart. Give them more options. Don't minimize the people's options to do things," said Sutton.

He says those options include fighting back.

"If you are proactive in your approach, to what's going on - it's going to be a better outcome for people," said Ofc. Andrew Glover with the Morristown Police Dept.

The hospital says it plans to train all hospital by November.

"We are trying to give people some basic information and education that they can take everywhere that they go," said Sutton.