In the commander's chair: EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence

Jason Killens, chief executive of the UK's Welsh Ambulance Service, discusses the complexity of response to an 800 casualty incident across four separate locations


Recent acts of mass violence during active shooter events and other incidents in schools, churches and businesses continue to highlight the need for a multi-pronged strategy for both training and response.

This special EMS1/Lexipol guide outlines lessons identified from past incidents that can direct EMS involvement in pre-planning mass gatherings, improve multi-agency cooperation, and inform incident command and response strategies on the ground: Mass violence: How lessons identified inform training, response.

In this edition of EMS One-Stop, Rob chats with Jason Killens, chief executive of the UK's Welsh Ambulance Service. During the London Bombings, Jason was the deputy director of operations for the London Ambulance Service and played a major part in the command and control of the response to the UK's first multi-site, simultaneous major incident. Jason describes training staff to deal with major incidents, the complexity of response to an 800 casualty incident across four separate locations. He also describes lessons identified and the inquiry that followed.

Read Rob's article on Lessons for the incident commander gleaned from the 7/7 2005 London terrorist attack and listen to the podcast below.

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