Is Vermont's Largest Hospital Safe? A Look at UVM Medical Center's Active Shooter Plan

BURLINGTON, Vt. - An active shooter plan is one hospital officials hope they never have to use, but think about often.

Jack Conry is the Director of Security, Safety and Parking at UVM Medical Center.

"We revise the plan every year. We practice it as we can. It's not that easy of a thing to practice, but we do do several drills throughout the year with different areas," said Conry.

He says the hospital's active shooter plan was developed in 2012 with city and UVM police.

"It's kind of based on recommendations from Homeland Security on 'Run, Hide, Fight,'" said Conry.

Following the incident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Tuesday, UVM hospital officials say there have been requests to go over safety procedures.

"We do train staff that if they see unusual behavior or see unusual behavior, any kinds of threats, those kinds of situations, that they alert us so we can develop some kind of security or a safety plan," said Conry.

Bill St. George has been in the hospital for three weeks with a broken foot. He says he feels safe at UVMMC, but Tuesday's shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock did have him thinking.

"Every place has to have guards and you know, it's getting kind of scary. And, if it happened here, someone like me or the whole ward, you know, how are they gonna get them out if they have to. You know, it's just scary to me," said St. George.

Conry says nothing like this has ever happened before at UVMMC, but they're ready if it does.

"We have policies in place, it's an unfortunate situation, it's not something that can be predicted, at least from what I know at this point," said Conry.

"You feel it's safe, you know. I'm sure they did at Dartmouth. You know, it's, it's... what can you do? I mean it's really hard," said St. George.

The hospital has not said when it will revise its policy again.


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