NFPA Authorizes Provisional Standard for Active Shooter Events


A rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April 2018.

This marks only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history that provisional standard status has been authorized by the NFPA Standards Council.

NFPA 3000 establishes preparedness, response and recovery benchmarks with a focus on integrated protocol, and civilian and responder safety. When issued, the standard will provide guidance for organizing, managing, and sustaining an active preparedness and response program so that the risk, effect, and impact of hostile events can be reduced.

Provisional standards are developed when there is a serious life safety concern that warrants an abbreviated standards development process. The typical standards cadence is condensed so that a standard can be issued in a shorter time period in the interest of the public; and in this case, first responder safety.

The tragic trend of hostile events in the United States prompted the NFPA’s Standards Council to authorize the processing of the provisional standard.

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