Pittsburgh Hospital Shooting The Latest In Senseless Violence
By now you have likely heard the news that there was another public shooting this week, this time at a hospital in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Sadly, we will continue to see increased violence in public for numerous reasons. But there are things we can do about it. One of those is to make sure that the right people are properly trained to handle active shooter crisis situations.
There are numerous crisis procedures that need to be maintained but when it comes down to it, those critical first minutes are crucial to survival to potential victims and possible casualties. In this case, it sounds like the shooter was down within 15 minutes or so. Ultimately we should prepare our first responders to have an even faster active shooter response time, less than 5 minutes would be ideal. Learning to handle the adrenaline in such unique situations and the mentality to make split second decisions is critical.
Active shooter training is not just for law enforcement such as police units and sheriff departments anymore. Our school faculty, hospital administration and resorts staff should now consider crisis intervention training as well. Our jobs have changed and the difference between high level active shooter training beyond a lock down and evacuation can be the difference between life and death.
Our condolences to the victims and their families of this week’s senseless tragedy in Pittsburgh.