Law Enforcement Technology

JUN 2019

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6 OFFICER MEDIA GROUP | ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE 2019 Trauma Training and Supplies It behooves the agencies to evolve along with our response protocols and deliver what is necessary at an accelerated rate. A lmost by definition, an active shooter event requires casualties. While it would be fantastic if an active shooter event occurred and no one got shot, the chances of that occurring are slim and if such an event ever occurred it would almost be the joking side note of the nightly news, "...the shooter so incompetent that he managed not to shoot anyone." Given the connection between an active shooter event and an assumed high number of casualties, fatal or oth- erwise, the need for immediate trauma care is a given. What's not as common and assumed is the reality of such. While many law enforcement agen- cies are getting on board with the idea of providing trauma training to their Lef t, An officer retrieves a pack of Celox R APID gauze to treat a simulated gunshot wound during a training exercise. Right, seen here during training, taught as a self-aid and buddy-aid task, the Tactical Medical Tourniquet requires minimal training to instantly treat life- threatening hemorrhage of an extremity. Combat Medical Active Shooter RESPONSE officers for gunshot extremity wounds, beyond that level of training is often either viewed as unnecessary, unaf- fordable or an unacceptable increase in potential liability. The reality Responding officers have three immedi- ate responsibilities on the scene of an active shooter event: t Neutralize the threat t Secure the scene t Assist with recovery and mitigation. This includes triaging and treating life- threatening wounds on responding offi- cers as well as every victim on the scene. What most agencies train for are the first and second bullet points. Get there. Neutralize the threat. Verify there are no additional threats. We most often train to assist emergency medical services personnel as they triage and treat the wounded. As an example of how over- whelming an event can be for them, we look back to Seung Hui Cho's attack at Virginia Tech, on a day where helicopters could not fly to evacuate wounded, and when there were only five ambulances plus personnel available for response. Yet there were 30+ people shot or otherwise wounded on scene. The two SWAT Medics on the scene that horrific morn- ing more than earned their entire life's salary in that few hours of work. Every other officer who was on the scene, once the threat had been neutralized and the scene secured could have been serving as a trauma medic if they had been properly trained and properly equipped. We shouldn't be waiting for the next event wherein someone gets shot and

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