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Sheriff O’Flynn discusses emergency response protocols

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Mass shootings often beg the question of how the emergency response would be, should something similar happen locally.

Officials at Strong Memorial Hospital said when it comes to mass casualty incidents, the response would go beyond hospital officials. Monroe County would bring together emergency medical staff and first responders and determine who will take charge.

“In this case, it would be the law enforcement coordination although you have other EMS and fire staff supporting your efforts and then the protocols are all developed,” said Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.

Sheriff O’Flynn says all first responders have been through the national incident management training. 

First, they would secure the area.

“It isn’t a ‘wait for the SWAT team to come with the specialist equipment,’ said Sheriff O’Flynn. “It’s the training which we at the Sheriff’s Office provided to all local law enforcement to be able to go in and safely address the situation address the threat and respond.”

They then would address the community and ensure they were aware of what’s going on.

“We would be working to break the whole situation down,” said Sheriff O’Flynn. “If it was a matter of triaging, you work with the medical staff triage and then ensure that the needs are addressed so the most critically injured be transported.”

If causalities grew too high, they will then reach out to surrounding counties to get additional support. Sheriff O’Flynn says people ultimately need to be aware and be prepared to face these traumatic situations.

“As you walk into a situation, have a plan,” said Sheriff O’Flynn. “Understand that if something were to go wrong, where you can find cover.”

In the meantime, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has been developing plans with local businesses, churches, and schools to be prepared for these types of situations.

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