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1. I've spent both my professional & academic career studying & training for #ActiveShooter events.

As timelines & official reports begin to emerge on the #PittsburghSynagogueShooting, some #PublicSafety thoughts.
1a. As ever, thoughts with all involved. We’re in this job because we care. We train&plan to lessen impact future incidents.

1b. These thoughts are general to this incident type. NOT specific to the response in #Pittsburgh. By all accounts Responders were heroic at every turn.
2. From a strategic view, this was a tactical nightmare. Shooter had the element of surprise, a large crowd & a cavernous building. He was relatively secure against an unarmed, largely elderly congregation.

As @fred_burton & others have noted, he may have preplanned the site.
3. #PublicSafety Training matters. You cannot predict the place & time, but you can predict your ability, capacity & resiliency to respond.

From initial reports, its sounds as if #Pittsburgh had well trained resources to immediately respond.
4. Engagement ends the fight.

The quicker you can engage the threat the more likely you will limit injuries & increase window for evac/care.

This means Patrol officers (not just SWAT) need the weapons, equipment, training & confidence needed for this type of fight.
5. Active Shooter events don't occur in a LE vacuum. Coordination across disciplines is mandatory.

Fire & EMS - and if your community can manage it, PHYSICIANS - MUST be part of the plan/response, including the hot zone.

Lives depend on it.

6. Time matters.

Time on target.

Time victims spend bleeding.

Time to reload, fortify a position, etc.

Since early engagement is key, there is value in ‘known targets’ (places of worship, stadiums, concerts) establishing Quick Reaction Forces (QRFs) for major events.
7. Campaigns like @Stop_The_Bleed save lives.

Every Responder should know essential lifesaving care for themselves & their partner(s).

Private entities should also consider basic first aid principles for employees. The training is easy & equipment is relative inexpensive.
8. While training & equipment incur some cost, every org can take some steps to prepare for large scale, MassCas, ATAC & MACTAC events.

Setting aside potential policy that might alleviate the frequency of attacks, this is our current reality. It is worth it to plan for it.
9X. Finally, on a personal note, I have been a TACMED in a tough, violent city. We trained hard & did dangerous work.

I can only hope that if faced with something similar I, or those I trained, would stand in the breach with the bravery these professionals demonstrated.
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