EMS: The Active Shooter: Coming To a Community Near You?

A s I was writing this column, a gunman walked through a New Jersey shopping mall before apparently taking his own life. A few days earlier, an active shooter entered the Los Angeles airport, killing one Transportation Security Administration (TSA...


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Studies from Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that once shooting victims receive treatment, they have a 90% chance of survival. Therefore, under these new tactics, the goal for fire and EMS is to get treatment to shooting victims as soon as possible.

Additional information dealing with active-shooter situations is available from a report issued in September 2013 by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) titled Fire/EMS Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active-Shooter and Mass-Casualty Incidents. To view or download the report, go to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/ops_tactics/disasters/. n