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According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.  Active shooter incidents are usually unpredictable, last only 10 to 15 minutes, and are carried out by a single attacker using multiple firearms.

An overwhelming majority of shooters are male between the ages of 15 and 19 for school shootings, and 35 and 44 for incidents taking place at other types of facilities. Active shooters are often members of the community they target, although their selection of victims does not follow any specific pattern or method.

This page includes a variety of documents, plans, and after-action reports that can help emergency managers, law enforcement officers and other responders prepare for, respond to, and recover from an active shooter incident. Further, these resources can help the Whole Community safely cope with an active shooter situation before as well as after law enforcement and other responders arrive on the scene.

Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department and the 56th Medical Group respond during an active shooter exercise at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 25, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Darlene Seltmann/Released)

Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department and 56th Medical Group conduct triage operations during an active shooter exercise at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
 
     Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Shooting (2013)
     Aurora, Colorado Century Theater Shooting (2012)
     Pima County,  Arizona Shootings (2011)
     University of Texas at Austin Active Shooter (2011)
     Northern Illinois University Shooting (2008)
     Virginia Tech University Shooting (2007)

 

Additional Resources

New! The Firefighter Support Foundation released a training program, "Response to Gunfire – Tactics when Shot at or Working at Ballistic Scenes," that discusses response considerations when called to respond to active shooter events. The training video lasts 40 minutes and addresses what to expect when on the scene.

The mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) is to assist educators, emergency responders, community organizations, school mental health professionals, parents and students to create safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre K-12 and higher education schools.

Helping children and adults cope with events like the Newtown school shootings (Connecticut Communion on Children)

Tips for Parents and Teachers From the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) on Helping Children Cope
  • Tips for Parents and Teachers From the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) on Helping Children Cope
Tips for helping Children and Youth Cope After a Traumatic Event from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Video: Options for Consideration demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The instructive video reviews the choices of evacuating, hiding, or, as an option of last resort, challenging the shooter. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene.

 

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