According to news reports, more than 88 mass casualty events, a distinct category of shootings taking place in a public setting, have taken place in the last 30 years, or roughly 1 every 4 months. However, statistics show the rate of mass casualty shootings is increasing, meaning that, unfortunately, first responders will likely come across one this type of event in the near future — and potentially many times throughout their careers.
“With no doubt, mass casualty incidents are of an immense importance and relevance today more than ever. If it is for natural disasters, transportation accidents or manmade terror attacks; the problem remains the same, a number of casualties that overwhelms the local health care system in a very short period of time."
Ben-Ishay et al., “Mass Casualty Incidents – Time to Engage,” World Journal of Emergency Surgery, February 3rd, 2016