Historically, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel have viewed their respective first responder roles as independent of each other.
To a great extent, an effective response to any emergency is based on the advance work agencies perform in the areas of policy, planning, training, and exercises. Law enforcement, fire, and EMS response to an active shooter hostile event is no exception. Because of the interdisciplinary environment inherent in responding to such an incident, the importance of coordinated pre-event work is paramount.
The report was created following the IAB's 2015 Active Shooter Summit, where participants representing law enforcement, fire and EMS responders worked together in five focus areas:
- Medical, rescue and equipment
- Training and exercises
- Incident command
The findings of this report were shaped by the March 2015 Active Shooter Summit’s two objectives:
- Share ASHE lessons learned from participating municipalities and agencies and identify similarities and differences in response plans.
- Develop specific recommendations for integrating law enforcement, fire and EMS response based on best practices to include in active shooter response guidelines, which are being prepared by the IAB.
Source: InterAgency Board (IAB)