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Active shooter response expert: Community preparedness

Jim Manson

Colorado Springs, December 3 - "I'm deeply saddened by today's active shooting event in San Bernardino, right on the heels of two similar events in Colorado Springs, CO and of course Paris.  These events hit home for me having managed through similar events in Aurora and Littleton, CO during my tenure at Denver Health Paramedic Division."

What you need to know: 

  • Do you personally have a plan in place for events like this? 
  • Does your place of business have a plan for events like this? 
  • You have to think about where you live, where you work and where you play.
  • Do you have a plan to communicate with your family?
  • You need basic medical skills. The reality is there will be delays in response and it is more important than ever that you get trained in how to stop bleeding.

These tragic events highlight the need for awareness of the Department of Homeland Security "Stop the Bleed" campaign launched in October. Community resiliency requires citizens to get educated in how to become first responders in crises events.  Especially when help cannot get to them or someone near them needs immediate medical attention.

Jim is the former Assistant Chief of Education, Denver Health Paramedic Division.  

He and his staff at Denver Health created both the Tactical Casualty Care for Law Enforcement and First Responders (LEFR-TCC) and Bleeding Control for the Public (BCON) courses now offered through the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT).

He was a contributor to the Stop the Bleed Campaign released from the White House October of 2015.

He also served as the Secure Zone Medical Commander for the 2008 Democratic Convention and the 2012 Presidential Debate.

Jim serves as an expert to both the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs and the Federal Interagency Board on the subject of "Response to IEDs Active Shooter Events."

In this new role at Cascade, Jim provides guidance on issues involving training in healthcare and EMS. He often speaks at conferences, events, or through webinars. His passion is the design and delivery of the needed skills and education that create a healthier and more resilient community.


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