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‘Armed attacker’ is subject of training drill at Fairview

GREAT BARRINGTON — Police, fire and EMS agencies from throughout Southern Berkshire County responded to three emergencies at Fairview Hospital over the past weekend.

And while the urgency was real, the threat was not.

The local emergency response organizations participated in an emergency preparedness exercise as a way to test and improve the response in the event of a real mass casualty incident, said Heather Barbieri, director of emergency management at Fairview Hospital.

More than 100 people from organizations in Great Barrington, Sheffield, Egremont, New Marlborough, Lenox, Pittsfield, Stockbridge and Blandford, as well as first responders from Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad, participated in the exercise.

Planning for the drill began in January and continued with several tabletop exercises to help get everything on the same page, said Barbieri. Practicing the violent scenarios was a first for the hospital, she added.

“It was a great learning opportunity for all disciplines involved,” she said.

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