The National Police Foundation (NPF) conducted an objective and in-depth review of the Orlando Fire Department's (OFD) response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, at the request of the City of Orlando and the OFD. The report provides direction and recommendations beneficial to all fire/EMS providers nationwide.
The NPF review focuses on leadership, interagency relationships, command and tactics, training, equipment, policies and standard operating procedures, communications and post-event responder wellness. Many interviews were conducted, and the review team created a comprehensive timeline and maps to better understand the incident response.
Some of the findings:
Since Pulse, OFD has implemented a variety of improvements addressing some of the items listed above and is actively working on updating policies and procedures. Other fire departments are urged to read this review and consider their own policies and procedures, training program and mutual aid agreements, and to hold exercises with their local law enforcement.Source: National Police Foundation