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Florida Emergency Medical Teams Frustrated Over ‘Delay’ in Parkland School Shooting Response

Emergency response vehicles line Coral Springs Drive and traffic is at a standstill at its intersection with Westview Drive after shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. PHOTO: Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

By Matt Finn | 27 February 2018

FOX NEWS — Three high-ranking Florida officials close to the law enforcement response at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tell Fox News there was a delay in Emergency Medical Service getting into the school in the critical moments after Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding at least 14 others.

Two separate sources told Fox News some of the EMS teams who requested to enter the school were told they could not. One source said it was the Broward County Sheriff’s Office – which was the commanding office – that ordered some of the EMS crews not to go into the school when they requested to enter.

“What’s going to come out is, in the communications on several circumstances, there was the request to enter… the request was denied from Broward County,” a Florida official told Fox News.

“When you have a police agency saying we don’t want you going in, that’s a problem,” another Florida official said. “The training since Columbine has been [that] first responders, police go in immediately with paramedics.” […]

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