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St. Luke's, Boise Police conduct bomb threat drill

Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 22:12:53-05

BOISE, Idaho — St. Luke’s and Boise Police teamed up Monday to train for how to respond to a suspicious package or bomb threat at the hospital.

It was the hospital's first ever full-scale "Code Yellow" drill.

As part of the exercise, several suspicious items were placed around the hospital campus.

St. Luke's security K-9, "Rocky" initially inspected the packages. He’s trained to detect bomb making materials and got a positive hit on several of the package decoys, according to a press release.

The Boise Police Bomb Squad brought out it’s new T5 EOD robot to inspect the package and X-ray the contents. They also suited up to get a closer look at how to best dispose of the package.

Both organizations say hands-on training like this is crucial to improving coordination between the agencies in the case of an emergency.

St. Luke’s also used the drill to test lock down procedures, conduct security sweeps, measure the ability of St. Luke’s Security Services K-9 unit.