Recent incidents in the United States and around the world underscore the critical importance of first responder and community preparedness for active shooter and/or hostile events. These tragedies have a significant and lasting impact on entire communities, and unified and integrated preparedness, response, and recovery strategies are vital to mitigate their impacts.
The urgent need for coordinated planning and response prompted the development of a new provisional consensus standard: NFPA 3000 (PS).
Created with widespread support from fire service, law enforcement, EMS, emergency, management, higher education, and facility management professionals, NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program is only the second provisional standard in the history of the NFPA®. Committee members include representatives from a broad-range of agencies and associations such as:
|● U.S. Department of Justice||● Emergency Medical Services Labor Alliance|
|● Federal Bureau of Investigation||● National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians|
|● U.S. Department of Homeland Security||● National EMS Academy|
|● International Association of Chiefs of Police||● International Association of EMS Chiefs|
|● International Association of Fire Chiefs||● American College of Emergency Physicians|
|● National Volunteer Fire Council||● National Association of EMS Physicians|
|● Fraternal Order of Police||● International Association of Emergency Managers|
|● International Association of Fire Fighters|
NFPA 3000 (PS) is essential for public safety.
This important document provides the minimum criteria for organizing, managing, and sustaining an active shooter and/or hostile event preparedness and response program based on an organization's or community's level of risk. The standard addresses all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery.
NFPA 3000 (PS) provides comprehensive requirements concerning:
|● Risk assessment||● Facility preparedness|
|● Planning and coordination||● Financial readiness|
|● Resource management||● Financial management|
|● Organizational deployment||● Communications center support|
|● Incident Management||● Competencies for law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders|
Annexes include additional explanatory material, references, and an overview of the laws, regulations, consensus standards, and guidance documents available today.
NFPA 3000 (PS) is a key resource for any community, facility, or member of any organization that responds to or prepares for active shooter and/or hostile events.