Arming at least some of the firefighters who respond would be a good start. The police are not geared for prevention, they are reactionary and will only be involved after the fact.<quoted text>
Police and local first responders should be at least a little more aware if not armed. Especially if the scene or scnerios is unusual if for no other reason isn't that a terrorist tactic to go after the first responders after a bombing/attack?
I'd say have the police survey a fire scene since they are frequently there or first on scene.
The sad truth is that this kind of incident can't be prevented no matter how hard we try. The pathological mind will find a means to its end. The only thing normal sane people can do is be prepared to defend themselves and make the perpetrator dead before he can do such severe damage. It's a shame that there are whack-jobs out there who want to harm and kill innocent people and children but THEY ARE OUT THERE and THEY WILL GET WEAPONS. Those are the facts, my friend.