1999: Wanton Violence at Columbine High School - Littleton, Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Lessons Learned, Diversion and Attack, SWAT, Law Enforcement Response, Explosive Ordnance Disposal

by Progressive Management

Publisher: Progressive Management

Publication Date: April 18, 2016

ISBN: 9781311587589

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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. In an effort to share with others the lessons learned from his department's experience at the Columbine High School tragedy, Chief William Pessemier of the Littleton, Colorado Fire Department requested that the United States Fire Administration (USFA) assist the department in conducting a post-incident analysis of the event and in documenting the fire and emergency medical services response.

This report is an analysis of the fire service and emergency medical service (EMS) operations and the overall response to the assault on Columbine High School at Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. Incident command, special operations, and mass casualty emergency medical services are featured.

In any major incident, the efforts of all public safety personnel are inexorably linked. However, this report does not address the overall law enforcement operations, or the concurrent operations of various police commands, the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, or the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issued a formal report and has released surveillance video and radio transmissions that provide additional information on law enforcement's efforts during this incident.

For this report, USFA conducted a comprehensive review of internal documentation and interviewed many of the key public safety personnel. Media reports and journal articles also provided insight. Information was gleaned from the timelines of the three dispatch centers: Littleton Police, Littleton Fire/EMS, and Jefferson County Sheriff. These, in turn, were compared and reviewed against the collection of eyewitness accounts and first-responder interviews to capture a reasonable picture of the violent rampage and its impact. Understandably, there are some inconsistencies among the sources of information as to the chronology ...