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EMS teams ‘were stopped from entering the Florida school’

Emergency Medical Service teams responding to the Parkland high school shooting were blocked from entering the school to help victims, sources have revealed.

Three high-ranking officials close to the law enforcement response at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 told Fox News there was a delay in allowing the responders into the school. 

Two of those sources said some of the EMS teams were told they weren’t allowed to enter the school, and one of those individuals said the command came straight from the Broward Sheriff’s office.

‘What’s going to come out is, in the communications on several circumstances, there was the request to enter,’ an official told Fox. 

‘The request was denied.’ 

Emergency Medical Service teams responding to the Parkland high school shooting were blocked from entering the school to help victims, sources have revealed

This information comes as investigations are being done into the February 14 massacre, which saw 19-year-old Cruz open fire on his former classmates, coaches and teachers, killing 17, including 14 children

Cruz is pictured in court on February 19

This information comes as investigations are being done into the February 14 massacre, which saw 19-year-old Cruz open fire on his former classmates, coaches and teachers, killing 17, including 14 children

Three high-ranking officials close to the law enforcement response at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 told Fox News there was a delay in allowing the responders into the school. One of those individuals said the command came straight from the Broward Sheriff’s office. Pictured is chief Scott Israel

This information comes as pressure mounts for answers about the February 14 massacre, which saw 19-year-old Cruz open fire on his former classmates, coaches and teachers, killing 17, including 14 children.

A Broward Spokesperson said in a memo released Saturday that said there are multiple investigations being conducted into the shooting. 

‘Investigators will not be rushed or asked to jump to conclusions,’ the memo read. 

‘Their investigations are thorough and methodical as they take and compare witness statements, review dozens of incident reports, transcribe and analyze numerous radio transmissions, listen to more than 80 911 calls.’ 

But the officials who spoke to Fox suggested that the problem came from the sheriff’s office itself when they were stopped from entering the school on the day of the shooting.  

Multiple sources said that instead of letting EMS enter the school police officers and deputies were bringing victims out to be treated. One of the sources said they wondered if the method was detrimental to victims. 

And three officials confirmed the response went against standard EMS training in which teams of highly trained doctors follow police into emergency situations.

‘We’re trained to go in behind the advanced team to engage the shooter. We’re trained to get in behind them with a security contingent of law enforcement,’ a high-ranking fire official said. 

‘It’s my understanding that it didn’t happen right away. There was a delay.’  

A seasoned emergency medical responder who was one of the first to the scene of the shooting told Fox affiliate WSVN he thinks they did the wrong thing

A seasoned emergency medical responder who was one of the first to the scene of the shooting told Fox affiliate WSVN he thinks they did the wrong thing

The individual said the teams present who were told they could not enter were willing to risk their lives and told the scene commander that

The individual said the teams present who were told they could not enter were willing to risk their lives and told the scene commander that

Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson (pictured, right, with Principal Thompson) who failed to confront the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said he thought the gunfire was coming from outside the school

Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson (pictured, right, with Principal Thompson) who failed to confront the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said he thought the gunfire was coming from outside the school

A seasoned emergency medical responder who was one of the first to the scene of the shooting told Fox affiliate WSVN he thinks they did the wrong thing.

‘Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing,’ the responder said. 

‘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.’ 

Mike Moser, the Division Chief of Fire Administration, said in a statement over the weekend that people frustrated with the response did not take into account all of the variables officials had to account for that day

Mike Moser, the Division Chief of Fire Administration, said in a statement over the weekend that people frustrated with the response did not take into account all of the variables officials had to account for that day

The individual said the teams present who were told they could not enter were willing to risk their lives and told the scene commander that. 

‘The response every time was, law enforcement did not clear the scene and would not allow medical personnel in,’ the responder said. 

Mike Moser, the Division Chief of Fire Administration, said in a statement over the weekend that people frustrated with the response did not take into account all of the variables officials had to account for that day. 

His response suggested the decision to delay and block EMS from entering was more complicated than many have made it seem.  

Moser spoke specifically about the  Rescue Task Force, which pairs paramedics with law enforcement to enter the building. He said the force was presented to Broward Sheriff’s Office’s commanding officers but the request was denied. 

He said he was told of response wasn’t appropriate at the time because they had not nailed down the location of the shooter, and RTF can only be used if law enforcement can clear an entire area for paramedics.

‘It is possible that those that are upset about not being allowed inside simply do not have all of the information that our law enforcement partners had in making their decision,’ Moser said.   

These new allegations that EMS responders were blocked from entering the school came as Florida Governor Rick Scott launched an investigation into the Broward Sheriff’s office response. 

Last week Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the resource officer at the school, Scot Peterson, never entered the school despite knowing that an active shooter was inside. 

Peterson released a statement after he resigned his job, saying he felt his actions were appropriate. He said he feels he will eventually be exonerated of accusations of dereliction of duty. 

Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson’s attorney has said his client has been unfairly described as a ‘coward’ for following protocol, claiming he thought the gunfire was coming from outside the school. 

Israel also said last week that three other officers are also on restriction following the shooting. It has been alleged that those deputies were also present and did not enter the school. 

One fire official speaking to Fox said that if even one deputy’s response was delayed, it could create a domino effect on EMS, delaying other responses as well.  



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