CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There won't really be a gunman at CAMC General hospital Thursday, but hospital staff will learn what to do in that scenario.
Hospital staffers and employees from 12 other hospitals in several counties will also participate in emergency planning exercises today.
The active shooting training will take place in CAMC General's maintenance area, away from areas where patients are being cared for, said Lillian Morris, corporate director for safety at CAMC.
Officers from the Charleston Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department will role-play the "bad guys," using fake blue guns, Morris said.
Charleston residents will notice many police cars near Morris and Brooks streets, where General sits. Traffic may be slow on Brooks Street, she said.
"There will be a lot of police presence, a lot of police cars," Morris said.
Similar trainings about different situations will take place at other CAMC facilities, too. Women and Children's Hospital will prepare for an infectious-disease scenario, and CAMC Memorial Hospital will have a transportation-accident exercise.
In addition to area law enforcement, volunteers from the Children's Theatre of Charleston and Garnet Career Center will help with CAMC's training exercises, Morris said.
The training exercises are a part of the federally funded Hospital Preparedness Program administered through the West Virginia Hospital Association.
This year's training will center on incidents that could happen during the Boy Scout Jamboree planned for July 15 through 24 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.