Not saying that was the case here, but training scenarios work best when everyone is clear on the purpose of the drill.
Since you have been involved in these scenarios...
Have you ever had a situation that has gone "by the book" or the "way it occurred in the training".
There is going to be an issue in initial information and what exactly is going on. Sometimes the best training method is chaos. If a person can get
to the end of the scenario and understand how unpredictable / quickly things can change, then they learned something that will be useful in the future
should an event occur.
What is more successful -
Training people on a situation that is strictly by the book or training people on a situation while reinforcing how quickly things can change. I
would go with the second simply because a person who cannot grasp / operate in an unpredictable environment is going to be a detriment to those around
them. A person who cant operate because the situation they are in does not match the training they got are not going to be able to rationally think
and makes changes on the fly.
The purpose of this drill is an "active shooter in a school".
That line above is pretty much all the info that first responders are going to get. Everything that occurs after that is a fluid situation where facts
can quickly become non existent
During a live training session with a hospital in a neighboring city the state observers noticed that the people in a command center from
micromanaging everything. The micromanagement was actually effective since people knew what was expected. The wheels came off the wagon when a state
observer stated the command center had been compromised by falling debris, taking out several of the VP's who were micromanaging. It took some time
for the people to realize their chain of command was gone and had to rely on the immediate supervisory staff to continue.
As an example - The Tornados in Joplin MO a few years back. Of the 2 main hospitals, Mercy took a direct hit, knocking it completely out of service
(it wiped out the emergency generators and shifted the foundation close to a foot). The evacuation planning in place never accounted for the hospital
itself to be taken out. It only took into account smaller facilities being taken out with injured / patients being transported to their facility.
Luckily there were people present who had prior training from Law Enforcement / Larger Medical Facilities who arranged for patients to be evacuated to
Freeman Health. During that process, Mercy Medical staff followed the patients to that facility and continued patient care on the moved patients so
it did not stretch medical staff to the breaking point.
From Law Enforcement - out of 3 communication facilities (911), 1 was completely taken out, a second was damaged to the point of being ineffective.
The third took over until the state could get an emergency comm center up and going.
Nothing that night went the way it was suppose to according to training. You had police agencies from other states / federal agencies send officers
to assist. Due to the size of the area and the construction of the hospital, the mindset was it cant be as bad if it hits because we took into
account X, Y and Z.
The moment X, Y and Z occurred, people made changes on the fly. Had it not been for those changes, things would have been a whole lot worse than it
Sometimes a chaotic drill can result in training that is better than if it went as planned.
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