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    Looking to see if anyone out there has a policy on actions to take in the event of a hostile event nearby a fire station. We have two stations that are adjacent to schools, and we have heard students have been encouraged to go to the fire station if "fleeing" the event. I can see the station quickly becoming a reunification point, triage center, and command post. This all depends on the safety of the location relative to the event. I am also concerned that our building could go on lockdown as a result of the event and those fleeing could be unable to gain access or be treated by medics in the building due to the possibility of hostile subjects outside also. Any insight would be appreciated!

    Thanks

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    Immediately adjacent to school is probably too close for comfort. I don't see how it could be described as a suitable location for any activity you mentioned. Pre-planning would likely require more distance. Although I don't know exactly what distance is involved when you say "adjacent".
    But if firefighters are in the building and injured civilians present themselves they WILL be treated. No one is going to stand at a window watching children bleed. This has nothing to do with policy. It just is what it is.

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    • #3
      They are teaching "Rescue Task Force" stuff here. Like anything, it requires the cooperation of all parties (Police, Fire, EMS, schools, churches, etc...) which could be involved and requires a lot of pre-planning. In my experience, getting all the government agencies to work together and agree on how to do what needs to be done is the biggest challenge. The RTF training is like a tactical medicine class, so I'd put most my emphasis on the planning/cooperation bit if your department is fairly savvy on trauma.

      The RTF site is: https://www.rsqtaskforce.com/rtf-naemt-programs

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      • #4
        Sounds like a good topic for a round table discussion among all parties. School administration, Fire Administration, EMS administration, PTA association, Local/County Emergency Management, 911 Communications, Law enforcement, maybe even the local hospital, red cross, or department of health.

        bring everyone to the table, write up a plan that everyone agrees to, so at least you have some type of plan that has been approved by everyone before an incident happens.
        If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

        FF/EMT/DBP

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