The new course teaches medical skills for active shooter and mass casualty response
Date: May 8, 2015
Author: Jenifer Goodwin
Original Publisher: www.ems1.com
In late 2014 the FBI released a study confirming what many suspected – the number of active shooter incidents in the United States has risen.
The report found that in the 14-year period between 2000 and 2013, active shooters left 557 wounded and 486 dead. Yet the incidents were not evenly distributed over time. In the first seven years studied, there were an average of 6.4 active shooter incidents annually. Between 2007 and 2013, the annual average more than doubled to 16.4 annually.
The alarming rise in active shooters, combined with incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing, led to the NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee’s decision to do more to help EMS practitioners ensure they have the medical skills to respond.