SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement regarding the tragedy in Las Vegas and what is being done here locally to prepare for an active shooter situation.
The men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office want to express our deep sadness and devastation for the loved ones of those killed and injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Our constant thoughts are with the many people affected and forever changed by this tragedy.
Sheriff Bill Brown issued this statement Monday, October 2, 2017, on behalf of our agency. He said, "Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of this senseless atrocity, and to their grief-stricken families and friends. We in the Sheriff's Office stand with our fellow Americans to condemn this evil and mourn the loss of life and the grievous physical and emotional wounds that were inflicted on so many."
"We salute the swift, resolute and courageous actions of our brothers and sisters in the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and the heroic actions of all the other first responders, by-standers and medical personnel whose selflessness and skill helped keep the death toll from climbing even higher."
"Sadly, Santa Barbara County has experienced active shooter mass murder incidents in the past, and we have geared our training and equipment acquisition accordingly in order to be as prepared for any similar incidents to the extent that any local law enforcement agency can be. May God bless America as we come together to grieve in the aftermath of this massacre, and guide us as we search for ways to prevent -- or to mitigate and stop -- such horrific crimes in the future."
As is understandable following a tragedy such as this one, the Sheriff’s Office has received questions from the public about what is being done locally to prepare for mass shootings. While Sheriff’s deputies routinely participate in active shooter trainings, most recently Fire, AMR personnel and Communication Dispatchers have been included as a way to maximize our effectiveness and get help quickly to those who need it.
During large scale, critical incidents, law enforcement must render the area safe and then help firefighter paramedics into the area affected to safely attend to the wounded.
On August 16, the Sheriff’s Office, Montecito Fire Protection District and the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District participated in a joint active shooter training at Montecito Union School in Montecito. The training was followed at the end of the month with a three-day Active Shooter Incident Management Training at the Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center.
The training was attended by law enforcement and fire agencies across Santa Barbara County.
The Sheriff’s Office also recently received 50 life-saving trauma kits, which are now carried by deputies assigned to the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau and are in all of the supervisor vehicles to be used countywide.
These trauma kits provide a way for deputies to begin treating multiple victims until more advanced medical personnel and equipment arrive. These trauma kits are in addition to the standard first aid kits that are assigned to every marked Sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
The Crisis Response Medical Trauma kits were purchased by proceeds from the Goleta Public Safety Grant, which is fully funded by Mark Linehan, owner of the Camino Real Marketplace. Thank you to Mr. Linehan for also funding the Active Shooter Incident Management Training.