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DCH receives bomb threat

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Healthcare System was locked down after receiving a bomb threat Monday evening.

The DCH call center received a phone call at 8:48 p.m. from someone who had disguised their voice stating they had placed a bomb in the hospital, according to a release from Director of Public Relations and Business Development Joe Rizzo.

Following emergency action protocol, hospital administrators enacted a “Code Orange,” locking down the building and alerting local authorities of the threat, the release stated.

Law enforcement arrived minutes later and swept through the hospital, starting will all public access points, patient care areas and thoroughfares. Patients and staff remained in place with limited activity while authorities addressed the threat.

Using an explosive K-9 unit, authorities found no evidence of a bomb, the release stated. All patient care areas were reopened, with no healthcare complications to any patients as a result of the incident.

“Dickinson County Healthcare takes a threat to the safety and security of our patients and staff very seriously. We are thankful to law enforcement for their fast and thorough response to help us make sure our patients and staff are safe,” Rizzo stated. “We are proud of our staff for their immediate response to the threat and applying their crisis training to protect our patients and each other during this event.”

The Iron Mountain police and fire departments were assisted by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Kingsford Public Safety and the Marquette Police Department, according to a release from Iron Mountain Director of Police and Fire Services Ed Mattson.

The investigation into the threat is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Iron Mountain Police Department at 906-774-1234.

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