Lessons from Las Vegas Shooting: Focus on First Responders

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In a presentation to Nevada lawmakers Wednesday, officials reflecting on the emergency response to the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting said that first responders should be dispersed between the scene of a major incident and area hospitals to help with the influx of patients, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Metropolitan Police Lt. Branden Clarkson and Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen gave an hour-long briefing to the Assembly Health and Human Services committee meeting, the first of the 2019 legislative session.

It was the first time a review of the response to the incident was formally presented to legislators. “We should’ve gone to the area hospitals … as opposed to throwing resources at a crowd running past us,” Klassen said, adding that the department is working with hospitals to create a mass casualty incident plan that would allow for emergency responders to help with triage and transport at hospitals.

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