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3 Active, Mass Shooter Truths

Friday afternoon a man took a handgun from his checked luggage, loaded it in the bathroom and began shooting passengers in the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim. Truth 1: Mass shootings can happen anywhere Truth 2: Stand up, practice and prepare to deploy a rescue task force Truth 3: Everyone needs to know how to […]

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Sandy Hook: 3 Things I Did and Still More To Do

Today is the 4th anniversary of the terrible mass killing of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook elementary school. On December 12, 2012 I wrote Newtown school shooting: 3 things I’ll be doing. Those three things were: Sending appreciation Planning reminders Teaching my kids There is more to do In the four years since Sandy […]

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Orlando Active Shooter Will Cause EMS to Level Up for Active Shooter Response

Today’s mass shooting and terrorism incident in Orlando is an immediate and likely an ongoing incident for all EMTs and paramedics to learn from and contemplate. My rapid reaction … What happened: A single gunman with an assault rifle killed 50 people and injured dozens more at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando early Sunday morning. […]

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Rapid Responses to Mass Shootings – EMS is on the front line

A few hours ago I posted a rapid response article, which is an immediate response to a developing news situation, about the events unfolding in San Bernardino. This is my fourth rapid response article to a mass killing (two shootings, one stabbing and one hybrid targeted violence attack). My intent is to briefly recap the situation, connect […]

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Narcan for everyone continues with OTC availability

Narcan for everyone was one of my top developments in EMS during 2014. With a growing or worsening opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. the call for public access naloxone continues. CVS made big news announcing naloxone without a prescription would be available in at least 14 states. I called on EMS to support non-prescription narcan […]

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Active Shooter Analysis and Lessons from Nickel Mines

The Reading (Pa.) Eagle posted two stories recently about the FBI investigation into active shooter incidents and specifically incidents in Pennsylvania. Pa. emergency responders still learning from Nickel Mines tragedy Lessons learned in Pa. active shooter analysis The stories reminded me of the Medical Author Chat interview with Janice Ballenger and her story of responding to […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Rural EMS Response to an Active Shooter

Recently posted at EMS1.com Rural EMS operations during a mass shooter incident Make sure to share your experiences and training ideas in the comments. Also see this related EMS1.com article. EMS operations during a mass shooter incident  

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Posts Outside the Service Area: Paramedics in the Warm Zone

At EMS1.com I share thoughts about new guidelines that among other things recommend paramedics, escorted by law enforcement, triage and treat patients in the warm zone. This is not without controversy, but is an acknowledgement of reality. Please share your comments and feedback.

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Preparing for a Mass Shooter Event

Are you prepared? In Boy Scouts and in lifeguard training I learned this mantra for a swimmer in distress: Reach Throw Row Go A lifeguard will only “go” after trying reach, throw, or row. Or the swimmer is incapable of assisting in their own rescue. A reach only works if the swimmer can grab the […]

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Alternate Posting Locations: New Podcast Episodes Posted and a free ebook

EMSEduCast: Training for the Active Shooter Incident On episode 156 we discuss the preparation and training of EMS providers for active shooter incidents. We discuss how EMS can prepare and train with law enforcement, move into the warm zone with a law enforcement escort, and appropriate BLS life-saving care. Medical Author Chat: Interview with Dave […]