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PHOTOS: State hospital and police stage first readiness drill in Concord

  • Members of the New Hampshire State S.W.A.T. team leave their posts after participating in a readiness drill at the New Hampshire State Hopspital in Concord. The New Hampshire State Hospital and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Members of the New Hampshire State S.W.A.T. team leave their posts after participating in a readiness drill at the New Hampshire State Hopspital in Concord. The New Hampshire State Hospital and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.
    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Members of the New Hampshire State Police S.W.A.T. team wait in the hallway for further instructions after completing their first readiness drill at the State Hospital; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Members of the New Hampshire State Police S.W.A.T. team wait in the hallway for further instructions after completing their first readiness drill at the State Hospital; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.
    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Philip J. Wright, Director of Support Services at the New Hampshire State Hospital (center) listens as Lieutenant Kevin Duffy  (not pictured) explains to hospital staff and law enforcement what their next steps would be after their hypothetical hostage situation has been resolved; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness.

    Philip J. Wright, Director of Support Services at the New Hampshire State Hospital (center) listens as Lieutenant Kevin Duffy (not pictured) explains to hospital staff and law enforcement what their next steps would be after their hypothetical hostage situation has been resolved; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness. Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Members of the New Hampshire State S.W.A.T. team leave their posts after participating in a readiness drill at the New Hampshire State Hopspital in Concord. The New Hampshire State Hospital and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Members of the New Hampshire State Police S.W.A.T. team wait in the hallway for further instructions after completing their first readiness drill at the State Hospital; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness; Wednesday February 13, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Philip J. Wright, Director of Support Services at the New Hampshire State Hospital (center) listens as Lieutenant Kevin Duffy  (not pictured) explains to hospital staff and law enforcement what their next steps would be after their hypothetical hostage situation has been resolved; Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord and the State Police worked together for their first readiness drill in which they staged a hostage situation so that the two entities would have an opportunity to work together and increase emergency preparedness.

The New Hampshire State Hospital along with the State Police performed their fist ever readiness drill Wednesday, February 13, 2013. They staged a hostage situation, and the hospital workers worked with law enforcement to practice how they would handle the situation. Lt. Kevin Duffy said the exercise would help increase emergency preparedness by bringing together entities that otherwise would not work together, so that if a situation does arise, everyone will be familiar with the protocol and also already know the people and their roles in the situation. The exercise was run on the administrative side of the hospital so there was no disruption to the patients, though a staff member was on hand to answer questions. The hospital’s Director of Support Services Philip Wright said the hospital’s Emergency Management Committee had been working on organizing this drill since July. After watching recent mass-shootings and hostage situations unfold on the news, he said, they felt it was important to test their own emergency preparedness.

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