One of the emergency personnel who first arrived onsite at the Parkland school shooting was told to stand down upon arrival. The claimant had to make his statement anonymously for fear of being fired for revealing the fact.
“Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing. You don’t wait for the scene to be cleared. You go in immediately armed. Retrieve the victims. You can’t leave the victims laying there.”
The paramedic asked repeatedly to be able to enter the school to do his job but was continuously denied by superiors.
“We were asking to go in. Asking the scene commander to go in. Why are we all standing around? Why are we not having patients to treat? Why are we not going into the building and retrieving these kids? The response every time was law enforcement did not clear the scene and would not allow medical personnel in.”
“I would hypothesize I could have saved lives. I can’t say for sure,” he said, adding, “I would have risked my life to go in. I was eager to.”
The first responder said he felt “frustrated the entire time I was there.”
“Rapid evacuation of the wounded. All they had to do was drag them out of the building. And we could have started medical care.”
He said that though authorities might have made a decision they thought was correct at the time, he disagrees. “I don’t think it was the right one,” he said. “They should have been more aggressive about getting the victims out.”
“Can’t say for sure if the people were dead inside or if they could have helped,” he added.
On Monday night it was revealed that that officers were told to stand down because they were not wearing body cameras and also that police ‘lost radio transmissions’ during the shooting which also occurred during the mass shooting at the Ft Lauderdale airport, also in Broward County.