NFPA Issues Provisional Standard in Response to Rise in Active Shooter Incidents

PUBLISHED: Feb 22, 2018
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a provisional standard in response to the increase in active shooter incidents across the country. According to NFPA, provisional standards are used when there is a “…serious life safety concern that warrants an abbreviated standards development process.” This is the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history that a provisional standard has been issued.

NFPA notes that mass killings are a phenomenon primarily found in the United States and that there has been a dramatic increase in these types of hostile events. According to NFPA:

  • Three active shooter events, over the course of less than 17 months, produced more than 50% of the casualties reported from total active shooter events between 2000 to 2013
  • Events include:
    • Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida (June 12, 2016): 49 dead, 58 wounded
    • Las Vegas, Nevada (October 1, 2017): 59 dead, 441 wounded
    • Sutherland Springs, Texas (November 5, 2017): 27 dead, 20 wounded
  • Two of the deadliest tragedies on record happened within five weeks of each other

NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events 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. NFPA 3000 is intended for citizens, facilities, schools, health care, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement and other responders, city leaders, and emergency management who all need to work together to develop a unified response to mass shooting events."

NFPA 3000 is open for input and comment through February 23, 2018; the provisional standard is expected to be available in April 2018.

Follow the links below for more information and for comment submission instructions.

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