Tactical Training/Casualty Care Program - Mercyhealth

Mercyhealth | Janesville, WI

School and workplace violence is an increasingly common threat. Since 1992, almost 400 school shootings have taken place, and a recent FBI report shows that incidents are increasing annually. Even in the best of circumstances, emergency medical service (EMS) providers may not be in a position to render aid immediately to the wounded. In many cases, it is up to the individuals at the scene to help the victims and stop the bleeding. Because of this, Mercyhealth partnered with local EMS providers, law enforcement, fire departments and school districts to create and deploy a Casualty Care training program with a specially designed emergency kit to local school districts and other organizations to impart vital emergency training. Following this program’s development, Mercyhealth then went one step further, designing and building a Tactical Training Center to offer training to the professionals who would aid victims of a violent situation. Opened in October 2015, the 25,000-square-foot Center imitates classrooms, a church, a nightclub, a theater, a boardroom, an emergency department and even a residence, allowing training to mimic realistic hostage, siege and terrorism scenarios.

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