DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – First responders trained to help victims during active shooting situations at the Dayton Expo Center Monday morning. Lt. Chadd Hollinger with the Sidney Fire Department said this information is vital.
“As fire fighters, ems personal and police officers, we have a duty and a commitment to the public to care for them and protect them,” said Hollinger.
First responders from 60 different agencies are trained. David Gerstner is the MMRS program manager.
“Typically when ems goes on a violence call, we respond ad wait until the scene can be declared completely safe by law enforcement,” said Gerstner.
Dayton Metropolitan Medical Response System Program manager David Gerstner says thanks to federal grant money Dayton MMRS purchased nearly $200,000 worth of equipment including Tactical Vests, Helmets, and Medical gear.
Gerstner said this equipment will allow them to respond quickly instead of having victims wait helplessly.
“Obviously ems doesn’t carry guns and we aren’t prepared to respond to some if those situations. However an active shooter situation can go on for a long period of time and we need to be able to get in and help people more Quickly,” said Gerstner.
Gerstner said with this new training during shooting situations, police will go in first, and then check for a shooter.
“We start to refer to that as a warm zone. We will take ems who had this training and this equipment and go into that warm zone and start taking care of the victims there,” said Gerstner.
Putting himself in the line of danger is something Lt. Hollinger doesn’t mind doing. He said this training is long over due.
“This is one area where I feel our combine communities , the fire and ems communities have fallen short over time, and we need to train in these area because it’s not a problem I see going away,” said Hollinger.