Journal NOW: A fire chief who responded to nation's deadliest mass shooting tells his story

Blog Post created by averzoni Employee on Jul 12, 2018


This is the third in a series of three videos featuring the personal stories of NFPA 3000 technical committee members. Watch the first here and the second here.

Craig Cooper had never seen anything like it before. It was "surreal," he told me in June. 
As a special operations battalion chief for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Cooper responded on the night of October 1 to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, where a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the hotel had unleashed a storm of bullets on some 20,000 people attending an outdoor music festival on the ground below. The gunman killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more before taking his own life in what became the deadliest mass shooting in American history. 
Coincidentally, Cooper had been working on the development of NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, at the time of the incident, and was able to bring the lessons he learned responding to and recovering from that shooting to the table in shaping 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." 
"If we had had a document like 3000 prior to the event, what would  that have changed? I don't know. It's hard to say," Cooper says in the video. "But will it help us moving forward? Absolutely." 
Learn more about NFPA 3000 at nfpa.org/3000news.