ASIS International (ASIS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently convened a meeting for stakeholders as part of a continuing conversation about active shooter incidents. More than 100 leaders in security, fire, law enforcement, EMS, life safety, professional associations and government participated in the meeting.
The intent of the collaborative effort was, and will continue to be, to examine gaps and exchange knowledge as they relate to active shooter events. Participants reviewed existing resources, the crossover between security and fire disciplines, operational solutions, management procedures, building design and construction issues, and cost considerations with an emphasis on preparation and planning.
A summary of the discussions can be viewed online. Areas of focus included:
- Defining “active shooter” and reviewing FBI statistics
- Assessing technology, management needs and budgets
- Considering public and private sector concerns
- Identifying competing goals between security safety and fire safety practices
- Examining the status of legal and regulatory issues
Participants acknowledged that there is no single strategy for the problem. The various needs and resources of different organizations mean active shooter planning and preparation must be tailored for each individual setting.
“By bringing together members of the security and fire safety communities, ASIS and NFPA are taking important steps to define strategies that will protect people as well as physical assets,” said Robert Solomon, division manager, Building Fire Protection and Life Safety, NFPA. “Gathering the best practices from stakeholders and influencers will allow us to formulate necessary guidance so that individuals and organizations can mitigate, survive and recover from these incidents.”