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Uvalde school shooting

Nineteen children and two adults were killed after a gunman opened fire on students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. The tragedy evokes memories of the Sandy Hook school schooling in Newtown, Connecticut, a decade earlier.

The Uvalde school shooting highlights the need for ongoing active shooter and mass casualty incident (MCI) training for EMS, as well as the importance of creating health and wellness programs designed to support members facing the physical and emotional effects of responding to a tragedy of this scope.

Learn more about the Uvalde school shooting and related expert analysis below.

How first responders give hope and comfort beyond emergency scenes
Mike Taigman and Nicole Holm join the podcast to discuss resiliency and chaplaincy
It is important that you process the loss and what you experienced with your support network
The “bleeding control stations” would contain tourniquets, among other life-saving items, and include instructions on preventing blood loss
Frustrated EMS providers described a chaotic scene and said they were uncertain who was in charge, where they should be and how many victims to expect
“You have to go in immediately. The kids were calling 911 for help,” said former Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, “was a hero trying to call 911, to save her and her friends,” her grandmother said
Focusing on swift triage, being good at the basics and having a plan for exfiltrating the wounded are essential steps to immediate lifesaving measures
An outpouring of support from the first responder community follows the fatal shooting of 19 children and two teachers at a Uvalde elementary school
“Sadly, this isn’t the last time we will see these headlines, but for us, today, put the tourniquet away and focus on the heart and soul of those in our charge.”
Public safety leaders: invite and encourage your personnel to get support from mental health clinicians, peer-support teams and other resources as they have a need
Police and others responding to the attack broke windows to help students and teachers escape, said Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety