Breaking News: Domestic Terrorist Attack in Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia – Fox News is reporting that one person has died and nineteen more have been injured as the result of an apparent domestic terrorist attack. The attack occurred during a counter-protest rally this afternoon in Charlottesville, Virgina.

According to the Associated Press, hundreds of peaceful counter-protestors, who were opposing a white supremacist ralley on the same day, were marching down a narrow street, when a car plowed into the crowd, intentionally running people over.

There are several videos of the graphic footage on the internet and on the news. We choose not to show them on this site; as firefighters and medics, we’ve seen enough. Instead we ask for prayers for the injured, the deceased, and for the first responders who will no doubt be affected by what they witness.

How as first responders do we handle this sort of call? What if this happened in your city?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Scene safety!
    • Are there more attackers? Are they waiting for first responders to arrive in order to launch a secondary attack?
  • Access to the injured
    • How do we move the massive crowds out of our way? Obviously, our police brethren will play a major role…
  • ICS must be established early
    • We need to gain control of the chaos and begin with an organized plan.
  • Situational Awareness must be maintained throughout
    • A strong police presence will be necessary in order to ensure first responder safety.

What are your thoughts? What are your scene priorities?

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