Monday, June 9, 2014

Major Incident

When working a major incident, don't forget all those extra things that may need to be handled.  A gas leak, or a major structure fire, or an active shooter requires lots of work to handle well.  Local transit companies might need to be notified, buses, light rail may need to be delayed or detoured.  Heavy freight trains might need to be stopped too.

Aircraft flights might need to be moved, airspace management might require a no fly zone.  School buses might need to be diverted, and schools might need to be locked down, or even closed.  Hospitals, nursing homes might need to be evacuated, even local high rise buildings might be at risk.  Contacting their security forces can be useful, and they can often perform the evacuation, at least until they are off campus.

Police from distant locations might have to be guided in to your location.  You might need to have multiple staging points for incoming police, fire or medical units.  You may even need to coordinate food and lodging for these units too.  Major incidents can go on for days, even when the actual shooting is over in a few minutes and the suspect is in custody or dead.  Major incidents require a major commitment; that's what the SGT Says.

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