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Local emergency experts weigh in on Washington shooting

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 06:52 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

September 16, 2013 

Experts from different aspects of an emergency shooter situation weighed in on the Washington Navy Yard shootings.

Tim Dimoff specializes in developing active shooter training programs across the country. He said the quick response from law enforcement helped avert further disaster.

“Years ago, the response time was averaging about 18 minutes. It’s now been reduced to under 10 minutes. I think we are looking at a 5-8 minute response time now,” Dimoff said.

Brooke County EMA and EMS director Bob Fowler said after a scene like the one in Washington clears, first responders must be ready to move in.

“Basically, all responses are the same. Law enforcement stabilizes the situation and then EMS and first responders move in to take care of the patients,” Fowler said.

Organization by first responders is key.

“Once law enforcement has the situation under control. We are able to go in and start treating patients. One of the first things we are going to do is put them into four different categories by how severely they are injured,” Fowler said.

Dimoff said there will probably be a period of investigation where the Navy will see what could have been done to prevent this incident from happening. 

Local emergency experts weigh in on Washington shooting

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