If anything positive came out of the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting tragedy from Mandalay Bay on October 1, it was that first responders stopped at nothing to save lives.
Earlier this week, members of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, which includes state politicians, law enforcement, public safety workers, and school representatives recognized those brave actions at their Wednesday meeting.
They Security Commission made a special point of noting that more funding for their organization is critical to reduce the chances of any similar future events from occurring.
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In attendance were a spectrum of state emergency personnel, including Division of Emergency Management Chief Caleb Cage, who said the incident will be studied for years to come.
Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief John Steinbeck was also at the meeting, where he noted that Nevada has had more than its usual share of disasters and emergencies this year.
The two men presented the commission with both short-term and long-range ideas for how to improve emergency response time during crisis situations.
Also at the meeting was Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R), who is the chairman of the commission. He offered special praise to the firefighters, paramedics, and police who quickly arrived to help the wounded and prevent more deaths, noting that their tactical training had saved many lives.
Although 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the shooting, those numbers would have been much higher without the first responder descent that quickly occurred.