Fire EMS

Responding to Active Shooter Incidents

Issue 4 and Volume 163.

By WILLIAM FLETCHER Scenario: You sit in quarters working on one of your shift’s many routine tasks. Suddenly, the dispatcher broadcasts the following alert message: “Engine 1, Engine 2, Ladder 1, Ambulance 1, Battalion 1: Respond to 123 Main Street, Central City High School, for report of multiple gunshots fired with numerous injuries.” A sudden adrenaline rush hurries you toward the apparatus floor. Your pulse quickens as you remember the images of numerous school crisis events that have occurred in the past few years, such as a high school student dangling from a second-floor library window trying to lower himself to safety as well as several law enforcement officers carrying a female victim across the lawn of a college campus. While responding to the location, you reflect on those previous events and ask yourself the following questions: What must I do to protect myself and my crew? Where should I…

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