Mass Casualty Incidents and Staging
Over the weekend we've seen how one gunman can easily create, along with panic and hysteria, a mass casualty/multi-casualty incident. For this forum discussion, we ask you how your department or agency deals with known or developing mass casualty incidents.
- Does you department utilize a specific alarm assignment for dispatching such incidents? (i.e. EMS Task Force; Mass Casualty Task Force; EMS "box" - 3 ALS, 2 BLS, 1 EMS Chief)
- What is your department's initial incident command structure for a mass casualty incident? (as the incident develops, who is your initial IC or EMS Group leader?) Does the second arriving BLS/ALS unit assume command or does it fall to a EMS chief/supervisor?
- What would be your typical ICS structure for an incident similar to the ones in Texas and Florida, in your area? (Command - Triage - Staging - Transport - Safety)
- How are private EMS agencies incorporated into such an assignment/incident?
- For departments utilizing "tactical medics", are those personnel organized to respond with the local law enforcement or as part of your EMS assignment (are tactical medics "gathered together" once on the scene)?
- When was the last time your department or agency trained with local law enforcement on active shooter or other tactical incidents?
- What is the average response time for a mass casualty transport unit (or other apparatus designed for transporting/treating large numbers of patients) in your area? Can your department quickly utilize public transportation servies (buses)?
JEMS.com Webcast: The Role of Staging at MCIs