For whatever reason, the numbers of active shooters in the US dramatically increased after 2008. Active shooters grew from about one every other month between 2000 and 2008, to more than one a month between 2009 and 2012. And they’ve been ascending ever since, culminating with 15 active shooters last year who slaughtered 39 people and wounded 72 — some seriously.
Statistically, the most frequently attacked locations have been retail stores, office buildings, factories and warehouses, followed by schools — from kindergarten to institutions of higher learning.
Consequently, on-site public safety and security is paramount for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. To that end, swiftly establishing on-site incident management is essential to maintaining situational awareness, which is a crucial component of the response effort while an active shooter is on the loose.
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