Mountainside hospital recently conducted an active shooter drill and preparedness assessment of its emergency operations plan for a potential mass casualty event, in collaboration with the Glen Ridge Police Department.

The exercise focused on patient and team member safety, communication, security and law enforcement response, and de-escalation protocols. Participants included Mountainside team members with various roles and responsibilities, hospital security and the Glen Ridge Police Department.

“Drills such as this allow us to evaluate and improve our readiness and response capabilities by planning and training together as a community,” said Tim O’Brien, the hospital’s chief executive officer.

The contributions of the Glen Ridge Police Department added to the authenticity of the drill and helped ensure the municipal government and the hospital have a coordinated response plan. With its location on the Glen Ridge-Montclair border, the hospital is located in Glen Ridge Police Department’s primary service area.