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Guidelines for businesses to help prevent and respond to shootings in mass gatherings have been released this week.

The Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering covers sporting venues, shopping/business precincts, public transport hubs and tourism/entertainment venues.

Such places present potential opportunities for mass casualties, symbolic attacks and high-impact media coverage, and pose security challenges for their owners and operators, says the Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC in a media statement.

The Guidelines’ primary objective is to minimise an offender’s access to potential victims by initiating immediate response activities, minimising the duration of the incident, restricting the offender’s movements, moving people from danger, preventing people from entering the scene and helping police to locate and contain the shooter.

According to the Guidelines, “Owners and operators of PMG [places of mass gatherings] and event organisers are strongly encouraged to ensure their own prevention, preparedness, response and recovery arrangements and activities align with those of emergency service agencies”.

For more details, visit the Guidelines.

Published on 1 August 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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