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Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER): Unified Command, Role of EMS-John Montes

"Unified command" is a buzz word we hear all the time, but is it something that is achievable? This session will discuss the true definition of unified command, who should be included, how and when to use it, and simple recommendations on improving your system's use of it. The session will use after-action reports from several active shooter/hostile events including Parkland, Pulse nightclub, and the Boston Marathon as examples of its use, or lack thereof, affecting the management of an incident. We will also hear directly from experts and leaders throughout the country who are advocating for the use of the Unified Command System.

Learning Objectives:

1. Upon completion participants will be able to identify the required participants in unified command based on incident type and system capability.

2. Upon completion participants will be able to describe ways their EMS systems can being using Unified Command on smaller scale incidents and events as a means of improving system response.

3. Upon completion participants will be able to brief their partner agencies (law enforcement, etc.) on the use of Unified Command and the importance in the management of an ASHE incident. 


Montes, J. M. (n.d.). NFPA 1561. Retrieved from

  • Format
  • Duration
    1 hour
  • Credits
    1 CE
  • After passing the course, your certificate will be available for download here.