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Orange County Swift Assisted Victim Extraction (S.A.V.E) Team performs an extraction on a dummy at Fire Station 67 on September 12, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Cassi Alexandra for ProPublica)

Intersection: First Responders & The Rescue Task Force

First responders in more and more cities across the US are being forced to confront the question of how well prepared they are for a mass shooting. Today on Intersection –  how Pulse changed the conversation about responding to mass shootings, how the ‘rescue task force’ model could help save more lives in these tragedies,  and what still needs to change.
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All of us Must be Helpers Now

Last week, which feels like a million years ago, WMFE presented a live talk with Diane Rehm. In the Q&A period, an audience member asked Rehm who she thought was her best teacher, and she promptly replied, “Fred Rogers.” Maybe that’s why as shock escalated to terror on Sunday, June 12, I thought of the story Mr. Rogers often told of his mother’s advice for confronting “scary things”: “Always look for the helpers. There’s always someone who is trying to help.” When he did, he saw that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police, firemen, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in and help when things go wrong. In the past days, while *some* elected officials …
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As US Ponders ISIS Response, First Responders Honored for Role in 9-11Recovery

Thirteen years after the attacks on 9-11, the US needs to remain vigilant against terrorism. That’s according to retired Marine Corps major Dan Pantaleo, who was involved in the recovery effort after a hijacked passenger plane hit the Pentagon, killing 184 people. Pantaleo is the keynote speaker at a 9-11 memorial event for first responders at the Orange County Convention Center Thursday morning. The 13th anniversary of 9-11 comes as the US grapples with how to respond to the organization known as the Islamic State. ISIS as it’s also sometimes called, recently posted online videos showing the killing of two kidnapped American journalists, including South Floridian Steven Sotloff. Pantaleo says the US needs to be ready to respond to the threat posed by the Islamic State. “Americans and …
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