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Lessons Learned: Aurora Colorado Theater Shooting

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The final report released on the Aurora Colorado shooting was issued with much deserved praise to our first responders and the local hospitals. The situation could have been much worse if it were't for the quick thinking of those responding to the incident. Some conclusions are as follows:

Rapid - the top element highlighted in the report was that the first law enforcement official was on site in less than 2 minutes after the first 911 call. "Experience shows that in a mass shooting the shooter often stops only when the police officers arrive." Getting law enforcement on site faster dramatically helps resolve intruder events.

Gunshot Wound Care
- several police officers transported wounded victims to nearby hospitals in their squad cars. The report concluded that "the latest emergency medicine research suggests that speed of getting a gunshot wound victim to a close-by hospital is more important in many cases than the mode of transport or care en route."

Unified Command - although already an identified need, more training is required for unifying the police and fire commands for incidents like this. The theater shooting was a very complex situation with over 70 shot (12 died) and more than 1200 people in the building (some blood soaked and unsure if wounded). It was an extreme challenge to any unified command training.

Emergency Announcements - the report did offer some suggestions, the first of which recommends the ability to make emergency announcements to all building occupants. "Having a voice communications system to inform people about emergencies also is important in an emergency."

In its Key Findings section, the report states: "This incident gives additional evidence that rapid response to active shooters is imperative; (information redacted). Every minute counts in reporting and responding to an incident." BluePoint was designed to address exactly that.

See the full report.

 

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