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Spokane EMS Rescue Task Force

Spokane Fire – Rescue Task Force is a new concept to SFD that is designed to get lifesaving medical treatment to victims in mass shootings quicker. The current standard fire/EMS response to the active shooter is to stage in a secure location until police mitigate the threat and secure the area to create a scene safe for fire/EMS operations. Unfortunately, while waiting for a secure scene, those injured inside the building aren’t receiving care and are dying from their injuries. The RTF concept involves placing Paramedics in a forward position during an active shooter. The Paramedics are protected with cover and Police Officers, but are able to begin life-saving care much sooner than traditional deployment methods.