Every day, there’s news about the government response to the Florida shooting that makes me stabby. There seems to be nothing the government didn’t drop the ball on (see Student Blasts Resource Officer Who Cowered During Parkland Shooting and Report: Police Called to Parkland Shooter’s Home 39 Times).
— Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumiaxyz) February 26, 2018
Apparently, we can add the emergency medical response to the list as well.
An EMT spoke to Miami reporter, Brian Entin, anonymously about his experience on the scene. The way he was prevented from doing his job is alarming.
"Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing." I spoke with a seasoned emergency medical responder who was one of the first to the Stoneman shooting. He doesn't want me using his name for fear he will get fired. Here are his exact quotes. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/t9trsOEaek
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) February 24, 2018
There’s an important distinction to be made here. It’s not that medical resources simply weren’t available for the victims. Clearly, there were medical staff on the scene and ready for action. They were hindered by what we can assume was human error. According to this EMT, he was ASKING to go in, but wasn’t allowed.
There need to be firings. Lots of them.