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EDM Monday Briefing: Las Vegas Shooting Leaves 50 Dead, Confined Space Rescue Training

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 2, 2017: The worst shooting in U.S. history leaves at least 58 people dead and 500 injured in Las Vegas, Canada is calling the attack in Edmonton an act of terror, cool and damp ocean air helps firefighters in Lompoc, California, two suspects are in custody following the deadly shooting of a female police officer in Georgia, heavy rainfall causes flash flooding in Central Florida over the weekend, two women are dead following a suspected terrorist attack in Southern France, firefighters in Manchester, Connecticut are among the first in the nation to partake in new confined space rescue training, Mexico's death toll rises as more bodies are uncovered amidst the rubble.

  1. The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history occurred last night in Las Vegas, leaving at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire on people attending an open air concert. Country superstar Jason Aldean was onstage when the barrage of bullets began and people fled the area to find shelter and safety. The suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, who was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, was eventually killed by police and officials believe the female companion he may have been traveling with has been located.  
  2. Canada is investigating the attack on a police officer and the injuring of pedestrians in Edmonton on Friday as an act of terror. The suspect hit a police officer with his vehicle, then got out and stabbed him several times before fleeing and later, leading police on a high speed chase that ended with the suspect plowing into a group of pedestrians. The suspect, who arrived in Canada from Somalia and was trying to claim refugee status, reportedly was known by law enforcement for his extreme ideologies.
  3. Damp air and cooler weather arrived off the ocean to help smother fires over the weekend on California's Central Coast--fires that had caused the earlier evacuation of at least 900 people from the area. On Friday, a trio of swift moving wildfires were endangering homes and forced officials to evacuate the entire town of Lompoc, California. Although the blazes were only 10 percent contained as of Saturday, evacuation orders were lifted to allow residents to return home.
  4. Two suspects have been arrested in Georgia following the deadly shooting on Friday of a female Polk County Police officer, and the injuring of another male officer. In what police say was clearly an ambush, Officer David Goodrich was called to the scene of a suspicious vehicle and after finding the car had been reported stolen in Tennessee, called officer Kristen Hearne for backup. As the officers approached the vehicle, the suspects emerged from the nearby woods and opened fire. The shooting resulted in a manhunt that lasted nearly four hours before the suspect, Seth Brandon Spangler, 31, was taken into custody.
  5. A tropical system dumped heavy rainfall on areas of Central Florida over the weekend, including Brevard County, causing the localized flooding of streets with some water entering homes. The area sustained more rainfall than what Hurricane Irma brought and is threatening sewer overflows, so officials have asked residents to limit sewer use and conserve water to prevent sewage overflows. The excessive rains have made traveling through the area more difficult due to flooded roadways resulting in road closures, and more rain forecast for Monday could result in additional flash flooding, and multiple vehicle rescues due to rising water have already occurred. 
  6. Two women are dead following a knife attack at the Gare St. Charles train station in Marseille, France on Sunday night. The attack, in which a man shouted "Allahu Akbar," is being claimed by the Islamic Terror Network who says the man was one of its soldiers targeting France for its part in the U.S.-led coalition against IS. Shortly after the incident, French authorities shot and killed the suspect, who was believed to be of North African background.
  7. In Manchester, Connecticut, firefighters were the first in the nation to partake in a new specialized training course for performing confined space rescues. The new training program is designed to teach firefighters how to perform rescues in confined spaces, such as manholes, that are often filled with multiple hazards, including hazardous materials, toxic or poisonous gases, chemical waste, and water surges. The course is one week long and participants must have rope skills, knowledge of hazardous materials, and be familiar with various types of equipment used to be able to perform the rescues.
  8. The death toll following Mexico's major 7.1 earthquake has risen to 361 with at least eight people still missing inside one of the collapsed office buildings in Mexico City. Officials in Mexico City stated that 29 of those killed during the quake in the city were children, and all of the deceased victims had been identified except one. Two weeks after the earthquake, 25 people are still hospitalized, including four extremely critical individuals. 

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.