This is the second in a series of three videos featuring the personal stories of NFPA 3000 technical committee members. Watch the first here, and look for the third on Thursday, July 12.
It can happen anywhere. That's just one of many things Dr. Richard Kamin will tell you about an active shooter or other hostile event.
Five and a half years ago, he learned that lesson the hardest way possible. As an emergency medicine physician who provides medical support for various law enforcement agencies in Connecticut, Kamin responded with officers to the call of an active shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people—most of them young children—lost their lives in the December 14, 2012, incident.
"Newtown was just one of a lot of examples of places that were idyllic before the catastrophic event that happened there," Kamin says in a newly released video. "And there has been a long list before and after Newtown of places that considered themselves one of those places where it would just never happen, and unfortunately it did."
As a member of the technical committee for NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, Kamin was able to bring the lessons he learned in responding to and recovering from the Sandy Hook shooting to the table in writing the groundbreaking provisional standard. He is one of three NFPA 3000 technical committee members who are the subjects of a documentary-style video series called "The stories that shaped NFPA 3000."
Learn more about NFPA 3000 at nfpa.org/3000news.