5 active shooter survival recommendations

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission draft report has active shooter survival recommendations for EMS, police and school leaders

This article originally appeared in the January 3, 2019 issue of the Paramedic Chief Leadership Briefing, Active shooter survival | Winning EMS culture | Debrief = critical learning. Read the full briefing and add the Paramedic Chief eNewsletter to your subscriptions. 

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued its draft report to the Florida governor and legislature on Jan. 1, 2019. The 407-page document is a comprehensive investigation based on hundreds of interviews, hours and hours of video and audio recordings, and reports from the incident, as well as relevant pre-incident events.

On Feb. 14, 2018, a single gunman entered the school campus carrying a cased rifle. He walked into a building, uncased his semi-automatic rifle and began shooting. Fourteen students and three staff members were killed. Seventeen others were wounded.

The report begins with an incident overview and is divided into timelines, findings and recommendations by function, such as Chapter 4: School Security and Staff, Chapter 5: On Campus School Resource Officer and Chapter 7: Fire Department/EMS response. The level of detail – time stamps, locations and people – is overwhelming and I focused my reading on comprehending the overall incident timeline, and reviewing the findings and recommendations for police, fire and EMS.

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