Active-shooter situations seem to be happening more and more frequently.
That means fire departments need to develop a good working relationship with police. And a closer one with other EMS agencies.
That could be a simple as a common set of definitions for words used on the scene.
That’s our topic on this edition of Code 3, and Jim Morrissey is here to explain what’s needed.
Jim has been a Tactical Paramedic for the San Francisco FBI SWAT team since 1999.
He’s the Terrorism Preparedness Coordinator for Alameda County EMS.
And he’s a Medical Intelligence Officer for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
Jim has lectured in over 25 countries on emergency medicine, wilderness rescue and tactical medical operations and has co-written a couple of books.
Jim’s article on EMS in the Warm Zone
NFPA’s Active Shooter Report: NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program
International Fire Chief’s Association position paper: Active Violence and Mass Casualty Terrorist Incidents
When did the first fire apparatus arrive in America?
In the early 1700’s the first hand pumpers arrived from England.
They had long, parallel handles that required many volunteers to pump up and down rapidly, pumping water from the machine’s tub. They were far better than the bucket brigades. American manufactures copied and refined these machines and used them for almost 100 years.