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NFPA seeks comments on active shooter/hostile events standard

Posted: Jan. 11, 2018

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council wants your input on the provisional standard “NFPA 3000: Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events.”

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NFPA voted to develop the provisional standard to serve as a reference document to help communities better prepare for these events. The new standard covers the “level of competence required” for first responder agencies developing and maintaining active shooter/hostile events preparedness and response programs.

This is only the second time in history NFPA has authorized a provisional standard. Giving NFPA 3000 this status means it can move through the development process and be issued in a shorter time period than typical. In the interest of public and first responder safety, NFPA states the new standard may be available for use as early as April 2018.

NFPA’s president cited the increased frequency of active shooter/hostile events as the reason for the push to get this standard finished. Through the unified response used in NFPA 3000, “first responders, facility managers, hospital officials and community members can minimize risk before, during and after these devastating incidents,” he said.

The preliminary draft of the proposed standard is now available for review. Public comments must be received by Feb. 23, 2018. Those interested in submitting comments, downloading the NFPA 3000 Fact Sheet, or receiving updates on the proposed standard can do so through the NFPA 3000 page.

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