The Active Shooter: A Special Challenge

On the day I am writing this, a person shot five people at a cafe near the University of Washington in Seattle and then shot himself in the head as police closed in on him. His rampage left three people dead and two critically wounded. I remember...


An active shooter in your community will challenge your fire and EMS deployment. By preparation, practice and then ultimately executing what you planned and practiced for with an active shooter, you can make sure we safeguard our people and handle the incident smoothly.

GARY LUDWIG, MS, EMT-P, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a deputy fire chief with the Memphis, TN, Fire Department. He is chair of the EMS Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), was appointed to the National EMS Advisory Council by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) EMS Standing Committee. Ludwig has a master’s degree in business and management and is a licensed paramedic. He can be reached at www.garyludwig.com.