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Departments Must Train Citizens to be First Responders During Active Shootings

By Justin Baumgartner

The San Bernardino mass shooting is evidence that active shootings are on the rise. To help prepare a community for an active shooter event, public safety agencies must first change the definition of who is considered a first responder. Agencies must train average citizens as first responders who can assist professional emergency responders and help reduce the number of casualties. Learn how the Glendale Police Department in Colorado has conducted an active shooter training program based on the Run Hide Fight Treat program.

Drones: Friend or Foe of Firefighters?

On July 12, a civilian-operated drone forced firefighters battling a 35-acre wildfire in Southern California to ground supporting air tankers. This was the fourth such incident in a month where a drone disrupted firefighting efforts in California. These civilian-operated drones pose significant dangers for firefighting operations.

However, the use of drones by the fire service holds many potential benefits. “Drones would be a generous increase in our capabilities regarding communication, safety, and command and control,” said Captain Peter Jensen, a 26-year wildland firefighter with the Ventura County Fire Department in California. Learn more about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could assist firefighters fight wildfires.