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EMS Tips – Active Shooter NFPA Standard – Retirement Age – Failure to Yield

1. Active Shooter NFPA Standard 3000

NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, gives guidance on active shooter or active threat preparedness and response (

“Hostile events are happening with greater frequency and ferocity today. It’s critical that we take steps to protect people from this increasing threat,” NFPA president Jim Pauley said. “By employing the unified response outlined in NFPA 3000, first responders, facility managers, hospital officials and community members can minimize risk before, during and after these devastating incidents.”

The Rescue Task Force model, which inserts EMS providers with law enforcement into the warm zone, has long been advocated for all communities, but the rate of adoption is unknown. Perhaps NFPA Standard 3000 can increase the adoption of the RTF model and lead to regular joint training between police, EMS and fire.

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2. How old is too old for a sheriff or chief (or Senator)?

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate ( yesterday. Arpaio, 85, wants to help President Trump,  who pardoned him, as a senator.

If elected Arpaio would be the eldest statesman in the Senate, but only a few days. There are currently five senators in their 80s and 18 in their 70s. (

One of the regular knocks on volunteer fire departments and EMS squads is the old timers hanging on to leadership position for decades … become a good ol’ boys club. I suppose if a sheriff, chief or senator can do the job, leads a department safely and effectively, and is constantly learning there is no reason age should be a disqualifier.

3. Reckless driving charge for failing to yield the right of way

Drivers of public safety vehicles – fire apparatus, patrol cars and ambulances – must still drive with due regard and follow state laws for yielding the right of way.

Christopher D’Annibale was on his way to a structure fire on New Year’s Eve in the engine when he did not stop at a red light, resulting in a crash with a septic truck that injured four people. (

He was charged “because although the engine’s lights and sirens were activated, it is still required to “yield the right of way at traffic signals.””

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.