In light of the shooting at Kingston General Hospital on Monday night, Quinte Health Care wants to let the public know they are ready to deal with an active shooter scenario.
Dave Pym is the Emergency Management and Protection Services Coordinator says there is a solid emergency preparedness plan in place.
But it’s not just the immediate threat that needs to be dealt with, it’s the ripple effect on staff and patients.
Pym says they have engagement programs to make sure patients and staff can deal with a situation like this.
Pym says there will be things learned from the incident yesterday in Kingston, much like the one in Cobourg a couple of years ago, which will help them better prepare for an active shooter situation if it were to occur.
Joseph Mancuso, the Director of Support Services says they want to make sure they have a healthy work environment and staff safety is important at QHC.
Pym says they are currently working on a training scenario to be enacted in the next year to help train for a situation like this as Ontario hospitals don’t have a lot of active shooter situations.