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One emergency decision affected the outcome for Rancho Tehama victims

Law enforcement on scene of Rancho Tehama Shooting

It has been almost two months since the mass shooting in Rancho Tehama where six people were killed, including the shooter.

The nature of the incident meant that it was a multi-agency response from Shasta, Tehama, Butte and Glenn County. Because of this, all types of first responders came together Friday to focus on mass trauma situations.

Emergency Medical Technician and AMR Operations Manager for Shasta County, Mark Belden, was a lead paramedic on the scene the morning of the Rancho Tehama Shooting.

Belden spoke Friday at Dignity Health Mercy Redding's Trauma Symposium, focusing on the shooting.

"We're really good at taking care of one patient at a time because that's what we're trained to do but we get very little training in dealing with something different. Rancho, for example, was a different day," Belden explained.

He made it clear that agencies need a new plan, where patches and egos have no place.

"One of the things that has to change is us. If you're one of those people that the reason you do something is because that's how you've always done it," noted Belden.

Belden said it was the quick thinking of one physician that saved at least one shooting victim. The decision to transport the victim by ground instead of waiting for the helicopter may have been against protocol but it's that different kind of mindset that Belden said they need in what was already an "abnormal" situation.

"If we can get them to a hospital, there's a really good chance they're going to survive. But we can't delay their care at scene when there's this type of mass trauma."

Belden, along with the Rancho Tehama Board, including Director of Emergency, ICU and Trauma, Mercy, Lyrae Sullivan, Director of EMS Enloe Medical Center, Judy Cline, and Director of EMS Dignity Health Northstate Jason Swann, is working actively at a preemptive strike.

The board explained tragedies that involve mass trauma do not discriminate where you live.

Friday was one step towards new training that is to come for emergency personnel in the Northstate.

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