Telgian Vice President Tom Parrish recently appeared in a live television segment on Good Day Columbus to discuss the importance of emergency management coordination and community involvement in active shooter situations. These events, and active shooter emergency response, have dominated the headlines in recent years, with the latest active shooter incident in Milwaukee leaving five people dead and yet another community grieving.
A safety and security industry expert, Parrish has more than 25 years of experience in emergency response, as well as fire service, and has held positions with municipal fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services. A board-certified Physical Security Professional, he is Vice President with fire, life safety and security industry leader Telgian. In addition, he is currently the Fire Marshal at Putnam Township Fire Department in Pinckney, Michigan.
According to Parrish, in every community across the US, it is vital that emergency management teams are prepared with the latest standards on the most effective, coordinated handling of an active shooter situation. To aid in this coordination, the National Fire Protection Association produced NFPA 3000, the Standard for Active Shooter / Hostile Environment Response. After three years of reviews and improvements, this June, the NFPA 3000 Provisional Standard will become the NATIONAL STANDARD for emergency responders, healthcare professionals, and community members when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from, an active shooter event.
In addition to active shooter emergency response by professionals, says Parrish, members of the community must be ready and prepared, in the event that an active shooter emergency unfolds. Planning plays a huge part of the success of emergency response and the public must be ready and able to not only help themselves, but also assist others. A large part of this process involves programs such as “Stop the Bleed.”
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. The goal of the program is to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, such as during an active shooter event, before professional help arrives. This is essential, says Parrish, because a bystander is always “first on scene,” no matter how rapidly professional emergency responders arrive. Because a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, it is critical that whoever is nearest be able to quickly stop the blood loss.
For additional information about NFPA 3000, the Standard for Active Shooter / Hostile Environment Response, visit the National Fire Protection Association. To learn what simple actions you can take immediately after a trauma, to take or teach a course, or to learn more about active shooter emergency response protocols, visit Stop the Bleed.
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