NFPA Journal reports on firefighters' role in responding to mass-casualty shootings

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 17, 2013

Local fire departments must work with police and emergency medical services in responding to events that include an armed gunman, whether the threat is known, as it was in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting or unknown, as in the ambush in Webster, New York, in which two firefighters were killed.

In their recent article “ Strength in Numbers,” Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene report on an April meeting at which more than 40 leaders from the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and government agencies discussed ways to better integrate, coordinate, and improve responses to mass-casualty shootings.

NFPA's Robert Solomon talks about "lockdowns" and how explains how procedures and protocols prescribed by NFPA's codes and standards need examination with regards to active shooter and other hazardous events.