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NCJ Number: 227998 Find in a Library
Title: Emergency Access Control and the First Responder
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:6  Dated:June 2009  Pages:60,62,63
Author(s): Pete Sutsos
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines emergency access control for the first responders.
Abstract: Typically fire departments have been responsible for mandating the type and kind of emergency access control systems used in a city or county. The fire department mandates do not necessarily support the law enforcement's first responder priorities. The first responder must determine the best point of entry as well as the most efficient means of making an entry; this makes advance communication with the agency most responsible for specifying the overlap emergency access control system mandatory. The law enforcement community is acutely aware that in order to save lives and minimize harm, there is a significant need to be able to access gates and buildings quickly and safely. Providing a comprehensive overlay emergency access control system will give law enforcement first responders a tactical advantage in an active shooter scenario. It is extremely important for all agencies to keep the line of communication open with local fire agencies in order to help them become aware of the critically different needs of a law enforcement first responder as compared to that of a fire/EMS responder.
Main Term(s): Emergency procedures; Fire departments
Index Term(s): Conflict of interest; Emergency communications; Emergency rescues; Emergency services training; Fire emergency planning; Gun Violence; Institutional violence; Police emergency planning; Police emergency procedures; Police role conflict; Spontaneous violence; Violence prevention
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