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UPDATED – Listen to fire, EMS & police as they arrive on scene at Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre.

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Listen to first 30 minutes of Aurora PD radio traffic only

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As I am sure most of you know by now there was a mass shooting early this morning at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado that left at least 14 12 people dead and 50 38 injured.

Above is a combination of the initial radio traffic from both police and fire in Aurora. It comes from In addition there are seperate links to the first 30 minutes of the police and fire radio traffic. For additional fire and radio traffic from this incident check out Alertpage Inc.

Immediately below is live coverage from KUSA-TV.

Below is early cell phone video shot as people fled the theater.


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  • http://none Engine 5er

    Alittle slow on calling for another chief and additional help. Too many requests for help while units were told to stage. Control units by deploying them where they are being requested.

    • BH

      That’s easy to say… meanwhile, the cops are throwing people into cruisers and taking off. I’m not saying don’t stage and control entry, but when you’ve got units being flagged down by bystanders in pickup trucks carrying critical victims before they ever make the scene, the plan won’t last long.

  • Mtnfireguy

    71 people shot…. located in various locations and various condition. Rapdily escalating incident.

    I think they did they best they could, with the available resources and the level of stress involved. Hats off to the Dispatchers who are so often overlooked. Both (PD & FD) kept it together the best they could.

    Yea the B/C needed another Chief…. we have all forgot to call for help in a timely manner in our careers at one time or another.

    Not to many of us have ever been or ever will be involved in this magnatude of incident.


    Yeah, there’s an old military adage “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.” In our business, it could be said “No preplan survives first contact with the citizens.”

  • labagg

    I heard a request for gas masks, no hazmat response, decon area etc initially. What happens if these victims had a poisonous gas sprayed on them? Every hospital in the area could have been contaminated. Some tough calls to make by command.We all learn from these incidents

  • itsallsix

    I wouldn’t be so critical, Im going to use this in Officer training. Good example of how things can get overwhelming very quickly. Remember Mike Tyson, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face!…

  • Engine 5er

    BH are you kiddin’ me? As a officer, you are the eyes and ears of the IC. If you come across a situation that needs immediate help, and many units here did according to the tape, you must assist and let IC know what you are doing and what you’ll need. To ask if you should head to staging instead of deploying is wasting time. IC should take that infomation and order additional help. If you were responding to a house fire with people trapped, and along the way you came across another house fire with people trapped, you wouldn’t stop???

    • BH

      Way to completely misunderstand what I said.

  • Mack Seagrave

    I don’t hink it’s fair to criticize those who initially responded to this incident. It is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The P.D. (Who really had their hands full) were unable to provide the F.D. with even a ballpark victim count which made it pretty tough for the I.C. to know what to request as an appropriate amount of resources. This was a war one not your typical drive by shooting with a couple of victims. Prayers for the deceased, the wounded, the families and the first responders who had to deal with the carage.

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  • David S.

    I feel for everyone who had to go through this I . I think that both departments did what they could in order to stablize the scene and get patients to various hospitals. The only thing that troubles was the gas that was released in the theater and nothing was being done about that .

  • Carla

    I wish I could have the name and address of the comm center of the dispatchers involved in this incident! Kudo’s to both of them! As for the Police, Fire, and EMS, KUDOs to them too! The police officers were going in with an ACTIVE SHOOTER! You can say what you want to say, since you haven’t LIVED IT, you shouldn’t criticize! ALL of them did an OUTSTANDING JOB for what they had! KUDOS TO ALL INOLVED!!!!

  • 95%er

    tough crowd. these folks did an amazing job. have any of us ever been faced with anything like this? I doubt it. Kudo’s to everyone for rising to the occasion and showing the USA what an amazing set of first responders can do.

  • North Chief

    Great job by all agencies. It is very easy to be overwhelmed by scattered victims, active shooter in the area,police activity. We have to remember as firefighters, police officers usually do not participate in the ICS structure we try to establish, they act on thier own and answer to thier sergeants and Lt.s. They don’t know the difference between a red and a green triage patient. It’s not thier fault, they are not usally trained in that aspect. Sometimes as the first arriving IC you have to just lock the doors of the buggy and gather your thoughts without the distractions outside the vehicle.

  • Mark

    Engine 5er
    Ever played in the real world?
    What is supposed to happen vs. what really happens is the difference between a book and the real world.
    Hear what you are saying, great for the classroom and a place called Nervana.
    I don’t care what anyone says. You can’t plan for a situation like this and it’s experience and well trained people that allow anything positive to happen.

  • Mark

    All involved did a great job with what took place.
    Of course we will hear about lessons learned because that is what we do.
    Some folks will make the conference circuit as a result and good for them!

  • Stephen

    It is easy to “armchair quarterback” this incident. There has never been an incident like this except for 9/11. Unless you were involved in either incident, you can not be objective to how it was handled. This was done under circumstances that very few have been involved. The only thing you can do is learn from this. There is no reason to criticize how this was handled. It was done what was needed.

  • Anonymous

    The news said yesterday that 10 bodies were still in theater. If 12 were killed, one would assume that possible only 2 died either in transport or at hospital. 2 out of over 50 people shot at close range with an AR15. I call that amazing work by the first responders. How anyone can critique what these men and women faced and how they handled it behooves me. Nobody in this country can say they have handled something like this before. As someone else said, when you arrive to something like this, that for lack of a better term is a disaster, you might as well toss out all your fancy books and certifications. It comes down to the ability to improvise and adapt and resort to common sense. These people obviously did this, regardless of what people think by simply listening to the audio. How bout you let gunsmoke settle and wait for the official report to be filed before you Monday morning quarterback

  • ICS Believer

    First – God bless all those involved: victims, families, friends, patrons who survived, theater employees, the community and all of the first responders.
    Second – If you have not listened to the whole audios for both PD and FD – do so. There are numerous lessons to be learned and (hopefully) planned for by all first responders and their leadership. It’s never too early to prepare.
    Third – All the first responders did an amazing job. They are often overlooked but I cannot praise enough the OUTSTANDING job the dispatchers did. PROFESSIONALISM to the max! Considering this started out as just another shooting call and exponentially escalated into a National tragedy – in a matter of minutes – they were awesome. The professionalsm of the PD dispatcher(s) being bombarded by critical request after request, some bordering on demands, by adrenally pumped-up officers near powerless to solve the problem at hand (dozens of EMS patients) was unbelievable. No doubt the Dispatchers frustration levels were rising too.
    Fourth – Law enforcement is a part of the public safety team along with fire and EMS. They may operate solo most of the time but they really, really need to learn when and how to shift into an incident command system mode on these type of events. Numerous examples from the radio traffic – no one in command, not using “side” identifiers (Side A, B, C and D) for the building, no command post established, sporadic resource requests and deployment, etc. There was an apparent lack of awareness and understanding by officers that the normal “rescue” resources, that they routinely request and receive any other time, are already committed or will be significantly delayed at a mass casualty event such a this.
    Sure, it is easy to Monday morning QB such an event, but that is not my intent. With all due respect, there are some extremely important lessons to be learned here and best practices (i.e., dispatcher performance) to be replicated. All first responder disciplines (LE, FD and EMS) need to anticipate and train together for such large scale events. Early unified command and control are essential ingredients to manage such chaos. Knowledge, experience and policy should enable supervisors to “blitz” such events with more resources sooner. Something to consider.

  • North Chief

    I think it is time for all of us to learn from this tragedy, it can happen anywhere. Does your department have an MCI plan for more than just a routine motor vehicle crash. Airports have them because of the FAA requirement but have your officers thought of how do you get 15 or 20 ambulances? Most of us could say who the 10 closest ladder companies are, do you know where the 10th ambulance comes from? Unless your in a very large city I would say you probably don’t. Aurora is a city of 350,000 people but it sounded like they dont have or failed to use thier MCI plan. Maybe they did and it didn’t reflect in the radio trafic. Establishing task forces of EMS units and designating MCI levels 1, 2,3 etc takes a lot of pressure off the IC. With the threat of terror today, even the smallest community must plan for the worst.

  • Old guy

    If ever there was an argument against third service EMS, this is it. FD and PD did an outstanding job but the lack of EMS supervision and integration into the ICS was terrible. Command had no idea what EMS resources were on scene, in route, etc.

  • North Chief

    In listening to the tapes again it seems they did the right thing staging EMS away from the scene but the victims scattered and ended up right where the ambulances were staging causing the units to treat and transport from the staging area. This situation was very difficult to control by the book. Not all scenes fit our neatly prepared boxes on our incident command boards. How does an engine company of 4 personnel set up triage, treatment, extrication and transport by themselves?. Everyone standing around with fancy vests and no one taking care of patients? As was mentioned earlier, no plan survives first contact with the enemy or patients. One thing to practice on your next MCI drill, throw some kickers in there like units not arriving, scatttered patients over several blocks etc. Get resources moving early, you can send them home if not needed. The response at midnight will be different than at 3 pm, especially with private EMS, they go home when its not busy.

  • Saltydog

    The Fire Service needs to find a way to break through to our police brethren and teach them NIMS/ICS. Countless hours in the academy and by their FTO’s and they still don’t get it. This sounds like a repeat of the LA Bank Shooting, typically police officers bark orders, via of the radio, and their dispatcher repeats those orders with hopes someone will grab the assignment.

    From experience in the battlefield and the disaster field, the first hour is chaos and most likely won’t be controlled; for those of us who were at the Pentagon. How was the first battle of Vietnam won? Colonel Hal Moore studied his enemy and previous battles between the French. Learn from this incident and study what comes out in the reports.

    Had the NVA EMS MCI Protocol been implemented these patients would have made it to the hospital much later. Learn from the Israel’s, stop filling the vest and fill the hospital beds.