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Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, After Action Report

This comprehensive AAR details the mass casualty incident (MCI) timeline, the response timeline, training the department had already invested in, and more. Some of the report’s 93 recommendations include:

  • Provide additional training, including live exercises on MCI, for leadership at the rank of lieutenant and above, regardless of assignment.
  • Maintain monthly meetings with key stakeholders in the tourism industry.
  • Provide response training to hotel and casino industry stakeholders as well as community partners, schools, churches and those supporting critical infrastructure.
  • Supply officers with training and equipment to mark areas cleared to prevent duplication of effort.
  • Compile and release accurate, timely facts and maintain a running chronology of information released (e.g., a fact sheet).
  • Explore the feasibility of establishing pre-identified locations — in proximity to officers working overtime at special events — to store weapons and personal protective equipment for a quicker response in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish an information technology team that can respond and provide support during significant incidents and/or MCI.
  • Create policy, procedures and protocols to meet the mandates for releasing public records in large-scale incidents and/or MCI.

Because of the sheer size of tourism in Las Vegas, it is an ideal city to create a set of best practices and recommendations related to incorporating the private sector, tourism stakeholders and venues in emergency planning. If your jurisdiction has tourism of any kind, be sure to go over the LVMPD’s AAR.

See the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 1 October After-Action Report for additional recommendations.