Paramedics responding to the Orlando nightclub shooting never entered the building throughout the three-hour standoff because it was considered too dangerous. The attack at the Pulse nightclub left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded. It’s unclear how many could have been saved had paramedics been able to enter the gay club.
The Orlando Fire Department has a station a block away from the club and paramedics were on scene within minutes of the shooting.
The department sent more than 80 personnel and 34 vehicles, but they were forced to remain outside, treating the wounded who emerged or were rescued by police.
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