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Fire Chief: Las Vegas Attack Lessons May Help Others

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada fire chief says a multiagency program created after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 allowed first responders to have a coordinated response to the Las Vegas mass shooting last year.

Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell says the department has released a report Monday on the response to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history to share the lessons the agencies have learned.

The report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local fire and police departments says communications were snarled and first responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls and the number of victims

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Cassell says the department has begun switching some communications to a system exclusively for first responders.

The report says the overwhelming use of cell towers after the shooting led to sporadic, and sometimes nonexistent, service to the department's mobile command computers.