VIDEO: Easton EMS, fire department train for active shooter response

With shooting incidents and threats mounting across the country and here at home, the Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and Easton Fire Department wanted to prepare for any eventuality they might encounter.

Both organizations provide mutual aid for surrounding towns’ emergency services, in addition to Easton’s.

Members of Easton’s EMS and fire department spent the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., attending the EMS Response to the Active Shooter Course.

The course takes lessons from responding to a prison riot in Connecticut and managing multiple patient scenes. Special attention is paid to lessons learned from tragedies at Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theater, a Hartford Beer Distributor and Sandy Hook.

Course participants received a powerpoint lecture coupled with hands-on training applying various types of bandages.The course looked at:

  • Preplanning
  • Deployment on scene
  • START Triage
  • Rapid wound care and management
  • Integrating with responding law enforcement rescue teams
  • Managing single and multiple triage sites.

Christopher Burns, Redding Pilot editor, produced and edited the video.

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