Integrated Response to Active Attacks




Woitena, Clifford W.

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


With the increase in active attacks over the past several years, it is undeniable that these types of incidents present a clear and present danger to society. First responders must adapt to this evolving threat and prepare to meet it across all disciplines with a coordinated and integrated response. Building open lines of communication, developing comprehensive policies and procedures, and conducting realistic training scenarios will be the benchmarks of progressive organizations. Research has shown that the types of injuries typically encountered in an active attack necessitate rapid medical interventions and evacuations to a higher level of care (Brown et al., 2016). To maximize the time from point of wounding to surgical interventions, first responders must engage in rescue task force operations through an integrated response process. This process must include a coordinated and unified command structure to enhance situational awareness, communication, and resource allocation on the crisis site. A unified response will save lives.



Crisis Management, Emergency Management, Interagency Cooperation