Saving more lives in a mass violence incident: EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence

Boston EMS' Joe O'Hare joins the podcast to discuss training and all hazards incident management lessons from his role in the Boston Marathon bombing response


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 Joe O’Hare, superintendent of EMS field operations at Boston EMS. O'Hare served as the commander of dispatch operations during the Boston Marathon bombing and offers insight into the preparation put in place by the city of Boston to create an all hazards incident management environment for all of their major city events.

O’Hare discusses the need to establish good working relationships with both first responder and hospital care leaders before disaster strikes. He also identifies the training program used to familiarize all staff with response to major incidents.

Read Rob's article on lessons identified from the Boston Marathon bombing after-action report and listen to the discussion below.

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