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Puyallup Fire & Rescue's response to active school shooting incidents

Author: Patrick N Donovan; Puyallup. Fire & Rescue.
Publisher: Emmitsburg, MD : National Fire Academy, July 2008.
Series: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Edition/Format:   eBook : National government publication : English
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Schools need to be a safe haven for learning. When that comfort zone is damaged by violence, the entire community is affected. Local fire/EMS, law enforcement and school administrations need to work together and create an action plan should a school shooting occur. The problem was that Puyallup Fire & Rescue (PFR) had no plan in place to effectively work with law enforcement and school administration during an
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick N Donovan; Puyallup. Fire & Rescue.
OCLC Number: 472535428
Notes: Report No.: 42489, Accession No.: 130156.
Description: 49 p.
Details: PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required.
Series Title: Executive Fire Officer Program. Applied Research Project.
Other Titles: Puyallup Fire and Rescue's response to active school shooting incidents.

Abstract:

Schools need to be a safe haven for learning. When that comfort zone is damaged by violence, the entire community is affected. Local fire/EMS, law enforcement and school administrations need to work together and create an action plan should a school shooting occur. The problem was that Puyallup Fire & Rescue (PFR) had no plan in place to effectively work with law enforcement and school administration during an active shooter incident. The purpose of this applied research project was to identify elements necessary to effectively respond to and manage school shooting emergencies.

The research questions asked are how does PFR and cooperating agencies (law enforcement, school district) prepare for school shooting situations, what specialized resources and training are necessary to safely operate at school shootings, what items are needed for PFR to effectively operate with other local agencies and the Puyallup School District, what do other emergency services and school districts do to deal with school shootings, and what national standards are available to use to handle school shootings? The research method used was descriptive using literature review, unstructured interviews and a survey sent to Puyallup Fire, Puyallup Police and local principals. Results showed that there are planning templates available for use to prepare for shooting events in schools. Washington state law requires school districts meet with emergency responders to create emergency plans.

Emergency responders are willing to experiment with new procedures and joint training to quickly remove injured patients from school shootings. Recommendations will include more interaction between Puyallup Fire and Puyallup Police for emergency extraction of injured patients using an armed police escort, interaction between local stakeholders for emergency school preparedness, and become involved in the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management schools coalition to assist with county wide training for schools and emergency responders.

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