The September/October issue of NFPA Journal features a cover story on how colleges and universities are addressing the threat of active shooters and other hostile events.
In his story, “The New Normal,” associate editor Jesse Roman looks at how campuses are using a range of strategies, from elaborate simulation drills to increasingly sophisticated technology, to prepare for hostile events.
Schools are also turning to the new NFPA 3000™ (PS), Active Shooter and Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, for guidance.
Among the voices in the story is that of David Hall, a former fire chief who is now the emergency manager at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. “Universities have always had to prepare for many different threats, some more central than others,” he told NFPA Journal, “and active shooting preparedness is definitely becoming one of those central issues.”
The issue also includes a feature story on protection challenges related to old courthouse buildings, which many communities seek to preserve.
Elsewhere, the issue includes the 2017 reports on U.S. fire loss and catastrophic multiple-death fires; a compelling “Perspectives” conversation on the challenge of recovery following a hostile event; a “Dispatches” article on the controversy surrounding inmate wildland firefighters in California; and much more.