NFPA 3000™ (PS), Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, was released today, marking only the second time in NFPA's 122-year history that the organization has released a provisional standard to meet a pressing public safety need. NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley wrote about the groundbreaking new provisional standard in his "First Word" column appearing in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.
Since Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County (Florida) Fire Rescue first submitted the request in 2016 for NFPA to develop a standard on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from active shooter or other hostile events, a common question NFPA has been asked is "Why is a fire organization developing this?" Pauley answers that question in his column by saying, simply, "We go where responders go."
"NFPA called for interested individuals and ultimately appointed a diverse and dedicated technical committee to take on this task," Pauley writes. "Members came not only from the fire and EMS communities, but from an array of federal agencies and national associations representing law enforcement, homeland security, the medical community, and many others."