Active Shooter Incident Command: Beyond the 60-Minute Mark
Active shooter events continue to plague the United States. Since 2009, the number of active shooter events in the United States has increased 600% and the lethality has increased 150%. The vast majority of public safety active shooter response training focus on the critical actions to take in the first 60 minutes of the event. These actions primarily focus on threat neutralization and patient care. Very few training courses focus on the aftermath of these events. However, more and more public scrutiny now focuses on the ways that public safety agencies respond after threat neutralization and patient care.
This course examines numerous aspects of active shooter response beyond the basics. This course looks at mass hysteria, uninjured victim care and support, creation of family reunification centers, mass notification, crisis communication, crime scene considerations, elected official involvement, ad hoc memorials, permanent memorials, funeral services, and business continuity of operations. This course provides public safety officials with key items to consider during the initial aftermath of an active shooter event.
This course also examines the concept that a disaster begets a disaster. At the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting, there was one fatality and seven people with gunshot injuries. However, 400 people were seen at local hospitals for medical conditions that arose from the event. At the 2017 Hollywood International Airport shooting, there were five deaths and six people with gunshot injuries. Local EMS transported an additional 42 people to the hospital with medical conditions secondary to the event. In both events, the number of people injured at the shooting was relatively small; however, a large number of people had subsequent medical conditions requiring hospital evaluation. In both cases, many people experienced medical problems when they were evacuated outside and remained in the heat for an extended period of time.
Human nature has taught us that during times of crisis, adults can handle many stressors. One stressor that they cannot handle is the lack of the ability to communicate with loved ones. This lack of communication often launches adults in full panic mode. This lack of communication also leads to a mass influx of worried family members that respond to the scene or to area hospitals. Approximately 30% of all 9-1-1 calls during an active shooter event come from worried family members who are remote from the event location.
This class is for active law enforcement, military law enforcement, school administrators, hospital administrators, critical infrastructure managers, and government officials only. This class is not available to the general public.