According to a report in the Denver Post, in the days following the early morning massacre of moviegoers on July 20 in nearby Aurora by "alleged" gunman James Holmes, a Colorado university, only 16 miles away from the site of the attack, staged an identical exercise the very same day in which medical students were instructed on how to react to a gunman who had opened fire on people in a theater.
From the Post:
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack.
Training doctors to respond to, among other things, mass murder in a theater
The addition of a bomb to the attack scenario is even more chilling, considering Holmes reportedly used a smoke bomb or two in his attack - not to mention the web of booby traps he left for police at his apartment.
"The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Durbin, in a classic understatement.
Durbin went on to say that specialists in emergency medicine from Parkland Hospital in Dallas, as well as from several other emergency programs around the nation, are teaching a course called the Advanced Disaster Life Support. Similar in theory to the American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support course, ADLS is "focused on the development of 'hands on' skills" that "allows the provider to apply the knowledge" in disaster situations, according to the College of Public Health's Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense.