The scope of the Las Vegas shooting this week is disturbing and brings the worry of copycats. It is a good time to review active shooter or mass violence incident plans and hold training or drills to run through them. It’s also a good time to re-establish inter- and cross-jurisdictional partnerships with other responding agencies. Good interagency cooperation doesn’t happen accidentally.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a dedicated site with active shooter response resources, documents and training available for first responders and the public. The resources for the public are translated into eight languages. They also have information specifically for those in the human resources and security fields.
The FBI has a similar site with resources and training, including the “Run. Hide. Fight.” video training and an overview of the FBI’s roles in an active shooter incident. In addition, they have a section of studies on past active shooter incidents and guides to developing emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher learning, and houses of worship.
Firefighters played a significant role in the Las Vegas response. Firefighters and EMTs should have working knowledge of their role in violent incidents well before being in the middle of one. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) published a report on operational considerations for fire and EMS PDF 281 KB during such incidents and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is currently working on a standard. FireRescue1 and EMS1 both have numerous articles on this topic.
In July, Lexipol hosted three chief fire officers from Prince George’s County, Maryland; West Webster, New York; and Dallas, Texas to learn about their tragic active shooter incidents first hand. The hour-long webinar includes information and downloads.
Finally, concertgoers were very instrumental in initial patient care, hemorrhage control and moving victims to ambulances and other transport. These actions can be highlighted as part of an effort to educate the public in your jurisdiction on rendering aid to a bleeding victim, whether from violence or other means. See BleedingControl.org for more information and resources.