This week I participated in another police role playing scenario. The situation: a "simulated" bomb went off at a local high school. People in the parking lot were “injured”:
Injuries were color coded. Red for critical, yellow for severe and green for minor. I played the role of a critically injured person, lying on the grass. I only moaned. Severe couldn’t move but could call out for help. People with minor injuries were still mobile. The police arrived, cleared the scene and then removed us to a place where the EMTs could treat us.
In a second part of the scenario, we moved inside, and I lay in the hallway until the police cleared the building and carried us outside. Here’s how I looked with the fake blood:
The scenario ended with the police taking down a shooter who held a hostage. This type of training helps the police prepare for active shooter situations. As a mystery author, it helps me better understand police procedures.