LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has announced new response policies for active shooter situations in the wake the November murder of a TSA agent at LAX.
Paramedics and firefighters will now be protected by three-to-five man armed law enforcement teams when they enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooter incidents, the Los Angeles Times reported.
KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first Transportation Security Administration officer killed in the line of duty, was reportedly shot 12 times by Paul Ciancia on Nov. 1.
Rescue personnel were allegedly kept at bay for 15 minutes before they were able to enter the terminal to treat him, however, the County Coroner determined Hernandez had passed away prior to any medical treatment.
Officials hope the revamped tactical treatment and extraction policy will allow first responders to perform emergency medical care faster while en route to hospitals.
The new policy is modeled after those used in the military, the paper said.