Legislature Unanimously Approves Measure to Improve Active Shooter Emergency Response

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A measure by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez to improve emergency response to active shooter incidents was unanimously approved by the State Senate today.  Assembly Concurrent Resolution 94 encourages local fire, law enforcement, emergency medical agencies and the Office of Emergency Services to develop standard operating procedures and coordinated training efforts in order to more efficiently respond to active shooter incidents.

Assemblymember Rodriguez authored ACR 94 in response to the shooting that occurred at Los Angeles International Airport late last year in which a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed.

“After the shooting at LAX, I heard too many stories of victims experiencing delays in receiving medical treatment. Any delay in medical treatment is costly and can mean the difference between life and death,” said Rodriguez. “By unanimously approving my resolution, the legislature recognizes how vital it is for first responding agencies to work together to ensure a seamless response to these types of incidents.”

The resolution encourages local agencies to coordinate their training programs, establish standardized communications and terminology, and work together to create collaborative standard operating procedures. The resolution further encourages public and private venues, such as stadiums, airports and college campuses, to develop emergency response teams to streamline communication and evacuation.

“My top priority is making sure that we get innocent bystanders out of harm’s way as quickly and efficiently as possible and get prompt medical treatment to victims,” Rodriguez continued. “I want to make sure venues that accommodate large amounts of people have an emergency response plan in place that is regularly practiced and updated.”

ACR 94 has received unanimous bipartisan support since its introduction. It was previously approved by the State Assembly in March.

Assemblymember Rodriguez is Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, and Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.  He represents the 52nd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and portions of unincorporated Fontana.

CONTACT: Francisco Estrada, (916) 319-2052