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Jul 19, 2013 9:32 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Remembering Aurora: The aftermath of the shooting, from emergency crew's perspective

AURORA, CO- We now have a much more detailed idea of the frenzied response to the Aurora theater shooting one year ago, especially from the fire department's perspective.

"We're on the scene. We do have reports of multiple victims and active shooter," said one emergency official via scanner traffic on the night of July 20, 2012.

In light of the complex scene, first responders were forced to improvise. The fire department quickly realized the ambulances couldn't get close enough to the three spots where most of the critically wounded were located. That's when they came up with a 'Plan B', with the help of police.

"Do I have permission to start taking some of these victims via car? I've got a whole bunch of people out here with no rescue," said one police officer.

"Yep. Load 'em up. Get 'em in cars and get 'em out of here," said another officer that night.

Of the 17 critically wounded to leave the scene first, only two left by ambulance. The rest were taken to the hospital in police cars. An Aurora firefighter on the scene said it was clear that night, no single agency can handle an emergency of that magnitude.

 

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