Fire EMS: Joint-Agency Response to Mass-Violence Incidents

By August Vernon The current and emerging threat of mass violence/active assailant incidents continues to be a concern for fire, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management, and law enforcement. Agencies, regardless of their size, must find ways to marshal their resources, and local agencies MUST have common tactics, communications, and training. These incidents are not about tactical medics, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), or any other specialized units. Recently released guidelines, discussed below, provide hot, warm, and cold zone models for these types of responses. No model is better than the other; each jurisdiction should select the one that will work best for it. &n...

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