The Planning Section is asked to address contingencies: What is worst that could happen? What will improve or worsen the situation? What can be done to prevent anything worse or precipitate a crisis, like the man jumping off the crane? The Finance Section will develop a budget for all elements of the operation.
The media presence increases rapidly, especially with the man yelling obscenities and throwing objects at the crowd below. The Joint Information Center is set up, with the law enforcement PIO as its lead.
Incident management meetings will be conducted every two hours until 6 p.m., then every four hours. As rotating crews are brought to the scene, they will be briefed at the next meeting. Any updates to the operational plan will be shared at those meetings, unless a crisis meeting is required due to a rapidly changing condition. Each discipline present needs to assign a member to the Planning Section, so that plans can encompass everyone’s needs. The first Planning Section meeting will be held in one hour.
EMS personnel are responsible for the Medical Branch. Fire-EMS members are to prepare for injuries or illness for all groups present, and have a precise operational plan as the incident comes to resolution, as the media will be recording every detail. The Medical Branch will develop a plan for all possible medical events, and prepare local hospitals. The plan will include contingencies for injured police officers and the perpetrator, including trauma management of someone falling or jumping off the crane. It also will include management elements for care of the perpetrator should he be sedated or injured in an altercation on the top of the crane. It needs to be precise as to what will happen if police need the perpetrator restrained: Who is in charge of that patient at that time? What if he is very ill or injured? Where will he be transported if he is ill, injured or burned?
High-angle rescue crews are brought to the scene, and a joint fire-EMS operational plan is established.
Over the next four days, the man stays on the crane, establishing places to sleep, shield himself from the sun, scream at the crowd below, and have short and hostile conversations with negotiators. He has no food, and the only water he ingests is from some brief rain showers on otherwise warm and sunny days. The busy street below remains closed down.
Over time, the man’s behavior generates international media interest, and various plans are considered to end the standoff. At times he threatens to jump. This generates a firm plan by law enforcement that they will do nothing to prompt irrational behavior or incite him to do anything dangerous.
The technical rescue crews and selected law enforcement personnel who can tolerate working at high altitude establish a “rescuer” area on the upper surface of the crane, and bring supplies up a little at a time (by hand) that will be used to bring the man down safely. The man’s strongest drive is his thirst, and law enforcement uses that in an attempt to get him to surrender. They display large bottles of water, drink some of it in front of him and ask him repeatedly to step toward them to get some of it. They devise a safety restraint system so the man can be immobilized, secured and lowered to the ground once in custody.
On the fifth day, the team knows the operation is coming to a resolution. The lack of water begins to affect the man, and he becomes less hostile and more willing to discuss the bottles of water on display with the police officers. Medical Branch physicians are fairly sure dehydration will be the most influential medical issue, and that restraints will have to be physical, for fear that any chemical restraints or sedation could be unpredictable and dangerous.
On the evening of the fifth day, all plans to bring the man off the crane are finalized. The Attack One crew is serving on top of the crane. The suspect becomes more agitated, and police negotiators believe he can be tempted to come to the middle of the crane platform by placing more bottles of water there. When the man comes to get them, they can safely secure him using an electronic stun gun on a platform area where he can’t fall. The operation is successful: The barbs hit the man in the legs and immobilize him, and he is secured in handcuffs.