Robert and the Metro Officer started cutting up blankets and sheets, that would be used for makeshift tourniquets. At one point, a Paramedics stethoscope was cut up and used. Anything plastic be came a makeshift occlusive dressing in an attempt to prepare for the countless patients that would be coming to the tent for help. Within a couple of minutes, innocent people began walking in or they were being carried. Patients were arriving on metal barriers that were turned into makeshift stretchers. Unconscious victims were wheeled to the tent in garbage barrels. What was amazing was the countless number of attendees that weren't injured that began stepping up and acting as instant first responders. Combat Medics, off duty Fire Fighters, off duty EMTs, Paramedics and Nurses from around the world were now responsible for taking care of the wounded. Bystanders, with absolutely no training at all were asking what can we do to help. On scene Community Ambulance personnel were teaching bleeding control and tourniquet application to those bystanders. Many sacrificing there safety, to help another, most who were complete strangers. It cannot be told how many countless lives were saved, by these concertgoers stepping up. Community Ambulance had 16 on duty personnel at the event providing the support, plus 5 off duty personnel who were in attendance as concert goers. Some staff, as young as 19 years old were being thrusted into action, doing a quick assessment, assigning priority and even needing to determine that nothing could be done for someone. Staff were running for cover, needing to zig zag to dodge bullets that were striking attendees near them. These 21 employees from Community Ambulance, pictured above, will for ever have a bond that will last with them throughout their EMS Careers. It is impossible to say how many lives were saved, by the actions of everyone on scene that night.
We at Sin City Divers is proud to announce that we are stepping up and taking part in the National Stop the
Bleed Campaign. Here is an excerpt taken from www.bleedingcontrol.org:
"Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of
friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.
Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response
is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must
learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims
can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.
However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.
BleedingControl.org supports President Barack Obama’s policy directive for national preparedness
(Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens.
BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.
Our shared goal is to provide you with a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance that the information is credible and timely."
We will be taking part in the National Stop the Bleed Day on March 31, 2018. More details will be coming out soon. For more information or to sign up for a class, visit https://www.stopthebleedday.org. We will be posting more details here and on our Facebook Page at Sin City Divers.
Our first Stop The Bleed event will be in partnership with Community Ambulance. It is free and open to the public. To take part, sign up via EventBrite
Photo Credit: Dan Sundahl
It was about about 1010pm when the first volley of gun fire began to ring out. There was not at first thought about it, as Robert was sitting in the Main Medical Tent watching the events with Metro unfold. It sounded like static or possibly even pyrotechnics from the stage. Suddenly, one of the Officers inside the tent jumped up and said "F*ck, This is real." Robert assisted Metro in getting the women in custody released, as they told her that tonight was her luck night. She was released and directed out the gate and to the north, hopefully away from the gunfire. Inside the tent, the Officer directed Robert to get down and take cover. The only cover Robert could find was a pallet of water bottles that they were distributing to patrons throughout the night. A few people wandered into the tent to also seek cover. Most, were running outside the gate adjacent to the tent. Gunshots continued to ring out. There was a food truck just outside the tent that was covered with bullet holes. Some rounds struck the fuel tanks at McCarran Airport just across the street, later identified as incendiary rounds. The shooting lasted for roughly 10 minutes. Over 1,100 rounds were fired into the crows of some 22,000 attendees. Countless lives would be affected. Over 400 people injured, 58 killed, plus that 1 Son of a Bitch that inflicted horror on that night.
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A Story about "Responding Under Fire"
When an EMT, Police Officer, Firefighter or any First Responder starts
their training, the first thing they are always taught is Scene Safety.
If the scene isn't safe, then they take the steps needed to make it
safe. Sometimes, this means not going in at all, until the resources
are available to make sure their safety is never compromised. Each
First Responder has one goal, and that is to make it home to their
loved ones, every night. During Mass Casualty Incidents, EMS providers
respond to a staging area, usually far away from the scene, as
patients are brought out to the triage area, where patients are
assigned a priority, and then transported to local hospitals. This is
always the regular role of EMS providers.
On the night of October 1, 2017, Robert was with the crew of Community Ambulance, from Henderson, Nevada. They were tasked with providing medical standby and support for the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the shadows of the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip. This was the third day of a 3 day event, and coming down to the final hour and final act. People were having a great time. The crews were winding down the night, Metro Officers were tending to an intoxicated female, who was being arrested for trespassing. Music was live, the crowd was lively and the end of a great festival was nearing.