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PREPARING FOR THE WORST ... Palo Alto fire Capt. Chuck Berry finds it unbelievable that first responders in Las Vegas responding to Sunday's mass shooting at a country music festival were able to triage hundreds of patients in a chaotic situation. The Fire Department hopes it never has to apply its active shooter training into a real-life situation, but is prepared to take action should such an event happen in the city or Santa Clara County. The agency recently finished its six-month active shooter training under a policy adopted by the county. Responders learned how to provide expedient emergency casualty care with the use of tourniquets and other specialty bandaging to help stop the injured from bleeding as they're evacuated from the scene. Firefighters underwent eight hours of instruction in the classroom and during small drills. The department is also equipped with new protective equipment including ballistic helmets and vests and a specialized trauma pack. A main focus of the instruction was developing a rescue task force in which law enforcement officers escort emergency personnel to the scene of a shooting where the gunman is no longer present to start treating those who were targeted. The countywide training and policy was developed last year and rolled out throughout all the fire agencies. The department plans to hold active shooter training sessions annually and hopes to update its procedure based on what the Las Vegas first responders learned, Berry said. "Something we haven't addressed enough is the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in something like this," Berry said.
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