UNC Hillsborough Hospital hosts active marksmanship exercise


The new patient bed tower at the Hillsborough campus of UNC hospitals will be the focus of an ‘active shooter’ exercise on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

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If you notice lots of police, fire and other emergency vehicles outside the UNC Hospital in Hillsborough on Sunday, don’t worry – it’s just a drill.

Employees from more than a dozen agencies will organize an “active shooter” exercise in conjunction with UNC hospitals. Exercise should start at 8:00 a.m. and continue until about 3:00 p.m.

The exercise will take place in and around the hospital campus at 430 Waterstone Drive, off Old NC 86, just north of the Interstate 40 interchange.

But activity will focus on the hospital’s new four-story patient tower. The exercise gives the hospital, law enforcement and other workers a chance to prepare for a shootout before the building opens to patients in January.

Use of the new building should prevent the drill from interfering with hospital operations, UNC spokesman Phil Bridges said.

County and local law enforcement, EMS and firefighters from Orange, Durham and Alamance counties will participate in the exercise.

UNC Health hospitals regularly conduct such exercises with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to plan and prepare for potential emergencies, according to UNC Health.

The drill comes about a week after three people were gunned down at The Streets at Southpoint shopping center in south Durham on Black Friday. Police responded to the scene and quickly evacuated the mall, where panicked shoppers had rushed to exits on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, The News & Observer previously reported. .

Durham Police are still investigating and on Monday said no charges had been laid.

Here is more information from an expert on how to react safely in an active shooter situation.

Editor-in-chief Kate Murphy contributed to this story.

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