Fighting in the Gray Areas – Where Red Meets Blue on Active Shooter Incidents
Friday, June 14, 2024
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Incidents of mass violence are not new and unfortunately are also rarely the result of someone committing an impulsive act. Instead, many active shooters are studying previous active shooters to make their own even deadlier and committing considerable amounts of time in preparing for and procuring the means to carry out these types of incidents. We, in the fire service, must make a greater commitment to learn from past incidents and to prepare for future incidents. This presentation will review the history of active shooter incidents to establish baseline considerations. Next, we will discuss rescue task forces and how to establish them in your jurisdiction. We will discuss the role of medics in law enforcement operations and consider the fire, EMS, and law enforcement perspectives during active shooter incidents. Finally, we will discuss the future of active shooter incidents and how to adapt to emerging threats. Improving our understanding of these types of incidents, the various perspectives involved and applying that knowledge to collaborative efforts in our own jurisdiction can help us to be better prepared should our department have to respond to an incident of mass violence.
Dr. David A. Greene has over 30 years of experience in the fire service and is currently the Deputy Chief with Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue. He holds a PhD in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Charleston, and an associate degree in Fire Science from Pikes Peak Community College. Greene serves on the editorial board and is a regular contributor to Carolina Fire-Rescue and EMS Journal. He is a certified Executive Fire Officer through the National Fire Academy, holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, holds Member Grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers, and is an Advanced Hazardous Materials Life Support provider/instructor through the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is also a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a Class 3 Law Enforcement Officer, SWAT medic, is certified through Fire Officer IV, and a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.