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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • No bomb found after threat made at PCRMC office

  • The Medical Office Building on the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) campus located off 10th Street was evacuated for about three hours Tuesday after an unidentified individual called in a bomb threat.
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  • The Medical Office Building on the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) campus located off 10th Street was evacuated for about three hours Tuesday after an unidentified individual called in a bomb threat.
    There were no injuries reported and after several physical searches of the premises, including by a drug-sniffing dog, it was announced that the building was clear and no bomb was found.
    John Denbo, CEO of PCRMC, told The Rolla Daily News Tuesday afternoon that the caller indicated that there was a bomb in a package in one of the physician’s offices at the PCRMC Medical Office Building. The call was made shortly before noon.
    Denbo said the caller seemed to indicate that the package was in the Medical Office Building, “but it was a little imprecise too and it was thought it might be in the surgery department” in the main building.
    Denbo said that PCRMC activated its procedures for when a bomb threat is made and to be cautious, both the Medical Office Building and the surgery department were evacuated, including patients, physicians and staff.
    “We felt this (incident) to be a viable, real threat, and immediately initiated our bomb threat protocol,” Denbo wrote on the PCRMC Facebook page after the “all-clear” was given for the building and surgery department.
    “(Another) part of our procedure is to identify any packages of any note. Then we go back through and see if we’re expecting to receive this package and everything checked out.” Denbo said.
    Local first responders were notified and Denbo said they arrived promptly. Among the agencies at the scene were the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Rolla Police Department and the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue.
    Crews from these agencies performed a physical search of the area, which Denbo said resulted in finding no specific threats.
    Later in the afternoon, bomb units were called in from Fort Leonard Wood and Jefferson City to further search the premises. A bomb-sniffing dog from the fort was used during the search.
    “The bomb sniffing dog from Fort Leonard Wood arrived and went back through the Medical Office Building and  found nothing,. The dog then went over to the surgery department that had been evacuated and the dog did not find anything,” Denbo said.
    At 2:53 p.m. an announcement was made that the Medical Office Building was clear and normal hospital operations resumed.
    According to PCRMC’s Facebook page, people who had appointments scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Medical Office Building need to reschedule them for another day.
    The emergency room at PCRMC remained open during the incident.
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