Memorial Hospital’s New Cardiac Building Undergoes Major Chattanooga Fire Drill Before Opening

CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-Teams of doctors, nurses and fire crews trained and prepared since the beginning of the year for Thursdays intense drill.

Chief Medical Officer, Kevin Lewis, "Around 95 beds for this tower if we had to evacuate this entire campus we would be evacuating more than 340 beds of patients"

Lewis says these drills involve all medical departments and are vital when making sure patients make it out alive.

"It involved opening a command center in the hospital with many people represented there as well as all of the different individuals who participate in the drill"

Dozens of slides will make their way up and down over 5 flights of stairs right here at memorial hospital.

Fire crews were timed and examined on their ability to move patients quickly and without harm from the top to the bottom of the building.

Chris Adams, Deputy Chief of Operations, Chattanooga Fire Dept,"Fire is a priority of course and saving property but number one is saving lives"

Deputy Chief Adams added practice makes perfect.

"We did this with Memorial a few a years ago and it was very effective and our fire fighters learned a lot of lessons there, today we hope to learn more things so we can become better and more efficient"

Medical teams on the lower floors examined the patients after the evacuation.

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