How to develop a unified public safety response to active shooter incidents

Interoperable incident command training and rescue task force response will help save more lives during an active shooter event

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By Police1 Staff

The Columbine shooting in April 1999 radically transformed law enforcement practices where frontline police officers would no longer wait outside of a crisis point during an active killer event. However, there was another lesson lurking in the aftermath of Columbine that has taken police, fire and EMS almost 20 years to understand and begin to develop effective response policies.

In this presentation from WINx Appleton 2017, Calgary Police Service Inspector Chris Butler discusses how law enforcement, fire and EMS leaders can work together to develop interoperable incident command training and rescue task force concepts to save more lives through a unified public safety response to active shooter incidents.

Chris introduces the work being undertaken by the International Public Safety Association's Rescue Task Force Committee to develop a best practices guide to assist agencies to break down organizational cultural barriers and develop response programs.

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