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March 02, 2014

Broken panic buttons and a failed location system during the airport shooting.

A dispatcher at Los Angeles International Airport couldn't immediately send police to a shooting last year because the emergency phone system didn't provide a location, according to an investigation that also found broken panic buttons that are supposed to quickly call for help.



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January 28, 2014

Primary Audience: Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, EMS, Fire and Public Safety Special Response/Operations Teams. 


Secondary Audience: School & College Crisis Officials, Healthcare Facilities, Corporate Safety & Security, Military Responders


4-hour session on critical incidents such as workplace violence attacks, school shootings, mass shootings, domestic violence spill-over attacks, extremist threats and other incidents are occurring with alarming frequency. Program will discuss new response models for law enforcement, fire and EMS. Course will cover a variety of topics including:


·        Threats & Threat Assessments

·        Shooters (Schools, Workplace, Domestic Violence, Extremists, etc.)

·        Pre-Incident Planning

·        Joint-Agency Response Operations (Hot, Warm and Cold Zone Models)

·        Crisis Management & Command Considerations

·        Scene Safety  & “Lessons Learned” 

Date, Time and Location: Friday, March 14th (0830-1230) Forsyth Tech Community College, West Campus, Main Auditorium, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Please be seated no later than 0830.

Registration: STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER. To reserve a seat please register at augustv@cityofwsfire.org no later than March 7th, 2014 with name, agency and e-mail. No cost to attend.

Students must be a member of the Primary or Secondary audience to attend and have official ID/credentials.

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January 09, 2014

New Free ICS: Rightsizing for each Event Program Available


The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program is now available.  ICS: Rightsizing for each Eventaddress the misconceptions surrounding ICS: it’s too big, too complicated, too cumbersome, un-necessary, and so on.  It demonstrates the practicality, advantages, and necessity of ICS at almost every scene and event, from the smallest to the largest.  It shows how ICS can scale to any size, and demonstrates the benefits to all responding personnel of so doing.  The program consists of a 40-minute video presentation and an accompanying 34-slide PowerPoint. 


The program is free to all members of public safety and  emergency management agencies.  Simply go to www.ffsupport.org to download your copy. 




About the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to assisting firefighters, emergency management, EMS, and Search & Rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely.  We also set aside a portion of our funds to aid underfunded agencies and assist families of fallen firefighters.

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December 22, 2013

LAFD Revises Response to Mass Shootings


Los Angeles fire officials are dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings after a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer in a shooting rampage last month at LAX.



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December 01, 2013

Stephen J. Sedensky III, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, today released his report on the investigation into the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a private residence in Newtown.

The report concludes that the 20-year-old Adam Lanza acted alone when he fatally shot his mother at their home in Newtown and then went to the elementary school where he fatally shot 20 first-grade pupils and six adults and wounded two other adults.


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November 14, 2013

This is not confirmed but there is now enough data to show that current active shooter response models are now outdated and not very effective in saving salvageable lives! This continues to happen at these incidents. Just “food for thought” as there are new response models available.

LAX shooting victim bled alone for 33 minutes: AP


“raises the possibility that a lack of coordination between police and fire officials prevented speedy treatment for Hernandez and other victims”

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October 23, 2013

The Marine Corps' top general and survivors are gathering to mark 30 years since the deadly Beirut barracks bombing that many consider the opening blast in America's war against terrorists.Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos will speak Wednesday at a memorial bordering Camp Lejeune that honors the deadliest terrorist attack on Americans prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Many of the 241 Americans killed on Oct. 23, 1983, were members of Camp Lejeune's 24th Marine Amphibious Unit.

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October 17, 2013



Mass-Shooting Planning and Training for Fire and EMS, Part 1
Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. (EST)
Speaker: August Vernon, emergency management operations officer/consultant.

Learn from one of its contributors about the U.S. Fire Administration’s active-shooter guidance on how to plan for and train a fire department for mass-shooting events, including resources chief officers need to safeguard the lives of emergency personnel and incident victims.

Mass-Shooting Tactics for Fire and EMS, Part 2
Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. (EST)
Speaker: August Vernon, emergency management operations officer/consultant.

Learn about the three different models used to respond to a mass-shooting incident fire departments can implement in order to develop a rapid, safe and successful multi-agency response.

Developing Mass-Shooting Policies and SOPs with Law Enforcement/EMS
Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. (EST)
Speaker: Todd LeDuc, assistant chief, Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office's Department of Fire-Rescue.

Learn details of a DHS white paper used to model the U.S. Fire Administration’s national policy from one of the policy’s authors, including how to develop SOPs with other agencies in order to prepare for an active-shooter incident.

Mass-Shooting Emotional and Psychological Support for First Responders
Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. (EST)
Speaker: Jeff Dill, assistant chief, Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Ill.

Learn how active-shooter events and other traumatic incidents need to be addressed in a fire department, including recognizing a first responder in trouble and instituting a critical incident stress management team.



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September 19, 2013

U.S. Fire Administration : Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

This guide is a fire and emergency medical services (EMS) resource that can be used to support planning and preparation for active shooter and mass casualty incidents. These complex and demanding incidents may be well beyond the traditional training and experience of the majority of firefighters and emergency medical technicians.


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September 04, 2013

Here is an excellent model for active shooter response - joint law/fire/ems model. I use this model as an example in my mass violence classes! Plus this program is no cost.


The Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF) has released its newest free video program, Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Treatment Model. This 30-minute video program and accompanying 29-slide PowerPoint presentation compose an introduction to the third generation of active shooter response. Unlike previous approaches, the Rapid Treatment Model specifically integrates fire/EMS with the law enforcement response, and the focus is on getting aid to the wounded within the golden hour, even while law enforcement is still clearing the structure. It allows EMS personnel to work is a safe, secured zone simultaneously with law enforcement clearing, and it does not demand complicated cross-training between the agencies.
"This is probably the most important program that we've introduced," says Ralph Mroz, FSF's Executive Director. "The Rapid Treatment Model was developed and proven out by Sgt. Craig Allen of Hillsboro (OR) police department, and Engineer Jeff Gurske of Hillsboro's fire department. They have spent thousands of hours of joint development and testing of the model."
"This will be the standard response model within the next few years," continues Mroz, "And we are extremely happy to be able to help spread the word about it." Unlike the now standard model of response teams followed by rescue teams, or high-training approaches like TEMS or TCCC, the Rapid Response Model allows EMS and police agencies to focus on what they already do best, and not try to make, for example, firefighters or paramedics into tactical personnel nor police officers into medical treatment experts.
The conceptual foundation for the Rapid Response Model is that the shooter is usually dead or kills himself when law enforcement arrives on-scene. The main problem at most of these rapid mass murder scenes is getting aid to the wounded as fast as possible, without waiting for the "all clear," while keeping EMS personnel safe. The Rapid Treatment Model borrows two easily implemented concepts from the military--the Forward Operating Base and the Casualty Collection Point- to accomplish this goal.


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