Los Angeles County Fire Department first responders worked closely with deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on the morning of Tuesday, April 7, to treat more than a dozen people “wounded” in an active shooter/mass casualty incident training exercise at Cerritos High School.
In this joint training exercise, there were three gunmen and 20 victims, who had injuries of varying severity, according to Fire Captain Chris Rash.
After deputies took down the shooters, “we worked side-by-side with the Sheriff’s (deputies)” to assess, remove and treat the victims, Rash said.
“One of our goals … is to go in as soon as we can with force protection (from the deputies),” Fire Captain Tim Bauer explained, noting that firefighters and paramedics will treat people at the scene as soon as possible before moving them to a treatment center. “(We want to) save as many lives as we can before they die.”
These active shooter/mass casualty incident training exercises occur a few times a year—at least once per year per shift, Rash said.