NFPA 3000 “Respond” training course is now available, highlighting the need for practicing procedures, notifying others and community outreach

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Jul 3, 2018

The second of three training courses developed to educate communities on NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program is now available. NFPA 3000 provides unified planning, response and recovery guidance to help different authorities integrate and minimize harm if a mass casualty event occurs in their city or town.


The three-part NFPA 3000 online, self-paced training series covers key elements of the standard, including:


  • Whole Community – proactively collaborate with a cross-section of leaders to reduce risk and optimize safety
  • Unified Command – work together to identify scenarios, authorities, roles, responsibilities, and communication with all key stakeholders involved in the process
  • Integrated Response – incorporate the organizational operations and objectives of agencies, and practice integrated response together as a cohesive, well-connected unit
  • Planned Recovery – establish a resiliency strategy (immediate, early, and long-term) that is well-defined and turn-key for implementation


On May 1, the first 2-hour training course debuted along with the new standard. It focused on three components - “Program Overview”, “Risk Assessment” and “Program Development”. The new Respond course highlights “Incident Response” and “Public Education and Information”; and builds on the lessons learned during the Plan training. The new modules underscore the benefits of communicating and practicing procedures with other agencies; methods for notifying first responders and the community if an ASHER event happens; and the development of targeted public information and training programs to minimize chaos.

Throughout the development process for NFPA 3000, Technical Committee (TC) members tied to hostile events in Boston, Wisconsin, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas emphasized the importance of working together to save lives and reduce angst. They echoed the sentiments of their fellow TC members from law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, hospitals, emergency management, security, private business, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Justice, in stressing that, “the days of working in silos are gone”.

Later this summer, the final NFPA 3000 training course will be available. In addition to qualifying for CEUs, those that complete NFPA 3000 online training will receive a badge after each of the three courses (Plan, Respond and Recover), as well as a Program Specialist Badge for completing all of the courses. More importantly, those that take the comprehensive online learning courses, will be better equipped to protect citizens and first responders if a perpetrator strikes.