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ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE 2019 | OFFICER MEDIA GROUP 7 nothing is done about it while several officers stand around making sure no more shooters pop up. If the threat is neutralized and the scene secured, every available officer should be assuming the secondary role of first response: trauma care. While the reality of budget restric- tions exists, the potential liability from a single incident could far outweigh the initial and on-going cost of training. A study done several years back on preventable deaths in current combat zones showed that death from blood loss due to extremity wounds was the num- ber one preventable cause of death. That means bullet, edged weapon or shrapnel wounds to the arms or legs that created sufficient blood loss for the victim to die. Those deaths are easily preventable with a fairly minimum level of training and just a few pieces of first-aid equipment. These could be the same pieces we issue our officers for their own bullet wound to an extremity, just in greater quantities. Additionally, for the officers who show any talent or interest in the trauma care protocols, training for response to sucking chest wounds and the linked tension pneumotho- rax injuries can be delivered. Even more lives could be saved with those skills. Know what's in your kit and how to use it Just as with an officer's personal treatment kit-a blow out kit, IFAK, etc.-the contents of a response kit for mass casualty trauma care should be developed and properly stocked. By "properly stocked," it's not just meant that the kit itself has the proper contents in sufficient quantity, but that there is a sufficient number of the kits themselves to be in a significant number of agency vehicles. One of the challenges of doing so is that the kits need to be maintained and regularly checked / updated to replace any expired items. Additionally, they need to be located in the vehicle in such a manner that want high-tech training, but think you can't afford it? "$bm|o-v0v1ubrঞomŊ0-v;7|u-bmbm] ruo]u-l7;vb]m;7|oC|+07];| DISCOVER THE BENEFITS AT STEP.VIRTRA.COM Request information at needs to expand their training focus from "arrive, go in, shoot and secure," to those items plus "triage, treat and assist with evacuation." Failing in that, we are not fully serving our public or fulfilling our purpose. Training coordinators should be inte- grating casualty management into their response scenarios and practical skills training/testing. This should include tri- age, treatment and evacuation as well as triage and "hand off " for those victims if the officer isn't trained or equipped to a high enough level to treat. That recog- nized, no casualty should go untreated simply because the agency decided officers only needed advanced first-aid training or an IFAK only for themselves. Our responsibilities go far beyond treat- ing our own injuries and we need to make sure that responsibility is one we are trained and equipped to fulfill. ■ they can be quickly and easily found, and stored in a container that is just as quickly and easily carried into a scene. One example of such a kit is pro- duced by Combat Medical. They pro- duce products for blood loss control, airway maintenance, respiratory assis- tance, head trauma, shock treatment, hypothermia and more. On their web- site you can find complete kits for treat- ing multiple gunshot wound victims, or a single victim with multiple gunshot wounds-which is often a reality in an active shooter event. It is vital to understand, however, that the two essentials go hand in hand: it is useless to provide training and not provide the equipment to go with it. It is useless (or near to it) to provide the equipment and not the training to use it properly. Every agency in the country training for active shooter response

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