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BREMERTON, Wash. - Following a challenging exercise to test Naval Hospital Bremerton staff response to an active shooter, they were again immersed in a training environment to handle the consequences wrought by the armed intruder.
A mass casualty drill dubbed Operation Gray Dawn held Nov. 14, 2023, helped to identify issues and provide a timely trial – under fire – on dealing with a significant influx of wounded personnel.
As is the case for most emergency situations, insisted Terry Lerma, NHB emergency preparedness manager, such a scenario as this usually happens completely unexpected, unannounced and unforeseen.
Which is how some staff who found themselves abruptly thrust into action.
“I knew nothing about this drill,” exclaimed one nurse assigned to the Urgent Care Clinic.
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