One takeaway from the recent mass shooting in
Las Vegas was that many lives were likely saved
by concert attendees rendering first aid and
transporting the wounded to hospitals.
In a chaotic situation, particularly involving an
active shooter and multiple casualties, paramedic
and ambulance response will be delayed until
the scene is controlled. Law enforcement and
Emergency medical agencies understand this,
and are embracing the concepts of “casualty
collection points” and “force protection” teams to
protect medics and allow casualties to be moved
out of the direct threat area.
This takes substantial time in a big casualty
event. It may be a half hour or more before a
victim will have a “professional” rescuer working
The people on scene have to be their own “first
Solid basic first aid skills and the will to take
action will pay huge dividends, but like all skills
these must be ingrained and rehearsed to be
reliable in a crisis.
Due to student inquiries about gunshot/trauma
first aid training we are adding more tactical
medicine classes to our schedule.