BHCPD draws lessons from Las Vegas

October 1, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson said his department always is training for the worst-case scenario.

“We have had a history of working with the schools and other organizations to help us all prepare for the possibility of mass-casualty events, and we’ve continued that process,” he said. “The police department did bring in an active shooter responder course that can be used by public and private organizations. We did this so interested organizations can help train their own staff and/or customers in an appropriate active-shooter response.

Williamson said that strategy goes along with a “whole community approach” to preparing for significant incidents.

The BHCPD does analyze special events and provides security if asked to do so.

“We cannot discuss the specifics,” the chief said. “But the police department did deploy our personnel differently this year during the River Regatta, based on the lessons learned from the October 1 Las Vegas shooting. We will continue to analyze special events and make changes to how we deploy our resources depending on the type of event and event needs.”

Sue Thew of Vitalant, previously United Blood Services, talked about the immediate response the agency saw.

“After the shooting, people lined up for blocks to donate blood,” she said. “When something like that happens, they think it’s a way to express their desire to help and to show support.”

She said that thousands of people donated blood, many of whom came straight from the concert with blood on their shirts.

“We tried to remind people at the time that it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” Thew said.

The donations, she said, allowed UBS to quickly replace blood used in treating the shooting victims and to send 239 units of red cells, platelets and plasma to nearby areas.

Vitalant is hosting a memorial blood drive today, in partnership with University Medical Center. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 3150 Paradise Road in Las Vegas.

Thew said the memorial blood drive is in remembrance of the victims and survivors of the shooting, to “honor the courageous efforts of first responders at the scene” and to help ensure that the Southern Nevada and Tri-state areas have’ blood already on the shelves when its needed most.

On hand will be members of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Las Vegas 51s, radio personality Doctor Daliah and “many national celebrities who call Las Vegas home.”

Newsweek reported that more Americans support stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting, but that only about a quarter think Congress will do anything substantive about it.

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