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Citywide emergency preparedness exercise at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain General campus on Thursday, July 18

New Britain [July 17 2013] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) and New Britain emergency responders will conduct a unified emergency preparedness exercise from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the hospital’s New Britain General campus.

The exercise, involving a mock active shooter, is a coordinated effort among the hospital and New Britain Police, Fire, EMS and Public Safety Communications departments. The exercise will occur on a former patient care unit and will not involve live ammunition.

“This exercise is designed to enhance an already established working relationship with the emergency services of the City of New Britain,” says John Baccaro, director of Public Safety at HOCC. “This exercise is just one piece of our HOCC workplace violence prevention program, intended to provide for the safety and welfare of our patients, visitors and staff.”

The exercise will involve hospital staff, including the hospital’s Emergency Operations Center; police recruits; and current officers in the city’s Police, Fire, EMS departments.

New Britain Police Chief Jim Wardwell says the exercise presents “a perfect opportunity to put what we learn in theory to test,” adding the department regularly trains for potential crises.

HOCC also regularly conducts exercises as part of its emergency preparedness efforts, with some required for Joint Commission standing. Thursday’s hospital exercise efforts are being financed through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

The exercise will not affect patient care services or visits with patients. On Thursday, notification signage will be posted throughout the hospital campus and there will be an increased Public Safety Department presence. Officers will be posted at several locations hospitalwide to answer questions and address concerns. In addition, D lot on Griswold Street as well as Griswold Street parking areas on the hospital campus will be closed.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900 X6507

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