EMS World

MAR 2018

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34 MARCH 2018 | EMSWORLD.com schools. The program uses a computer- based simulator to better train teachers on how to react to an active shooter and generates the same type of virtual reality environment the Army uses to help train its soldiers for various combat scenarios. 5 A 2015 article in The Washington Post cited a report from the National Center for Education Statistics showing a growing interest in various school security mea- sures, many of which are already common practices, ranging from hallway supervi- sion and visitor sign-in requirements to security guards, assigned police, metal detectors, and locker checks. 6 Another emerging technology reported by the Post is a gunshot detection system or gunshot-detection sensors. 6 These tools are about the size of smoke detec- tors and can be placed in buildings, busi- nesses, hallways, and classrooms. Much like smoke detectors, they sound an alarm when detecting gunshots. Collaborate with your local school dis- tricts now so you're not meeting key lead- ers and reviewing key information for the first time after something terrible happens. Act Now Mass shootings are devastating and nearly impossible to predict, but working diligent- ly on your response plan and continually updating it will help your ESO respond in the best possible way. For immediate information about each step of the risk assessment process and to download a complimentar y threat assessment tool, visit the VFIS Terrorism Preparedness Assessment Matrix today at vfis.com/emergency-service-operations. REFERENCES 1. Harman PL. How does insurance cover mass shooting event s? Proper t y Casualt y 360º, www. proper t ycasualt y360.com/2018/01/19/how-does- insurance-cover-mass-shooting-event s. 2. Ingraham C. FBI: Ac tive shooter incident s have soared since 2000. Washington Post, 2016 Jun 16, www. washingtonpost.com/news/wonk /wp/2016/06/16/fbi- ac tive-shooter-incident s-have-soared-since-2000/?utm_ term=.4b26eba201ed. 3. National Fire Protec tion A ssociation. NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Ac tive Shooter and/ or Hostile Event s, www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/ all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/ detail?code=3000. 4. FBI. Ac tive Shooter Resources, www.fbi.gov/about / par tnerships/of fice-of-par tner-engagement /ac tive- shooter-resources. 5. Depar tment of Homeland Securit y. Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), www.dhs.gov/ science-and-technology/enhanced-dynamic-geo-social- environment-edge. 6. Frankel TC. Schools are looking to ac tual warzone technology to limit fatalities from the next mass shooting. Washington Post, 2015 Sep 15, www.washingtonpost. com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/09/15/schools-are- looking-to-ac tual-warzone-technology-to-limit- fatalities-from-the-next-mass-shooting/?utm_term=. d1a12ec714ad. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Don Cox, MS, CFO, CTO, EFO, has ser ved as a paramedic for more than 35 years in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida. He holds a master's degree in adult education from Iowa State Universit y; is an executive fire of ficer with the National Fire Academy; and holds designations as chief fire of ficer and chief training of ficer with the Center for Public Safet y Excellence. He currently is a full-time education specialist with VFIS & Glat felter Commercial Ambulance. BONUS CONTENT: MCI AND TRAUMA 800-753-1050 ReycoGranning.com/fire-rescue GETTING YOU THERE SAFE AND SOUND. For Fire Apparatus and Emergency Response Vehicles, our suspensions deliver stability and maneuverability along with a superior, smooth ride for driver comfort. In addition to our extensive portfolio of full-chassis solutions for Fire Apparatus and drive axle systems and control systems for Emergency ehicles, our highly skilled engineers are experts in designing and developing customized solutions to fit your special application. All of our systems are rigorously tested and thoroughly inspected for quality, assurance and your peace of mind. Reyco Granning – gets you there safe and sound. For More Information Circle 26 on Reader Service Card

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