Are you prepared to respond to active shooter and hostile events? Provide input on NFPA 3000 now

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Jan 8, 2018

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Hostile events are our sad, new reality. Active shootings and mass killings fill our news feeds on a regular basis.


According to the FBI, the U.S. witnessed 160 hostile events that killed 486 and wounded 557 (not including suspect injuries or deaths) from 2000-2013. These tragic incidents robbed families of loved ones and citizens of their peace of mind – and challenged first responders, healthcare providers and facility managers.


During the years 2014 and 2015, there were 40 incidents that resulted in 231 casualties not including perpetrator outcomes.


Then over the course of less than 17 months, from June 2016 through November 2017, three outliers created more than half of the bloodshed that occurred from 2000 through 2013 during just three active shooter incidents in Orlando, Las Vegas and Texas. Let that sink in – over 50% of the havoc previously inflicted during the course of 13 years, occurred in less than a year and a half in our country. In fact, two of the deadliest tragedies on record happened within 5 weeks of each other.


For only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history, provisional standard status has been authorized by the NFPA Standards Council for NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events. As part of the standards process, NFPA 3000 is now open for input until February 23, 2018. NFPA 3000 may be available for use as early as this April.

The 46-member Technical Committee includes authorities from the fire service, law enforcement, EMS, federal agencies, healthcare, private security, universities, and local jurisdictions, among others. Participants are sharing front line lessons and operational insight as they strive to produce the first national standard on active shooter and hostile events. The document will provide a framework for organizations around the world to establish protocols that are aligned with unified response strategies.


Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security; Department of Justice; the FBI; NSA; emergency response agencies, and others have established the preparedness, response and recovery benchmarks with a focus on civilian and responder safety. Learn more about NFPA 3000, and take action by:


  • providing input on NFPA 3000;
  • downloading and sharing the new NFPA 3000 fact sheet;
  • accessing the full draft text of the proposed standard online for free; and
  • following the development of NFPA 3000 by receiving updates as soon as they are available


Our world is changing. It’s critical that we take steps to protect people from today’s threats – and that you let your voice be heard during the process.