When there's an active shooter in a hospital, it's not like a school where the goal is to get everyone out of the building because the patients can't leave. It is up to the employees to protect them.
"That sometimes they may have to barricade themselves and their parents I mean their patients in the room," said Dave Benson of the Center for Personal Protection & Safety. "They may have to throw things; they may have to move people around."
Health care providers from Wheeling Hospital, OVMC, Wetzel County, Reynolds Memorial and Weirton Medical Center, along with fire and EMS personnel learned how to look for warning signs, and how to trust their first impressions.
"Folks spend an awful lot of precious time trying to figure out of they heard gunshots, if they didn't hear gunshots, oh my goodness, what's going on," Benson said. "Believe what you see and hear."
They learned to spread out, not clump together because that provides an easier target and to use whatever is at hand as a weapon if necessary.
"Whatever it takes. Throw something in their face, a powder fire extinguisher. You can take a powder fire extinguisher off the wall and spray powder in their face from 20 feet away," Benson said.
The day long training was not meant to be a one-time event.
It's one of these skills that are perishable and you need to refresh. And it evolves with every event, sadly we learn more and we do better at providing response strategies," he said.
They say being trained gives you a significant over untrained, in case of an active shooter, where seconds count.