One year after Pulse Nightclub tragedy, new NFPA standard for preparedness and response to active shooter and/or hostile events being developed

June 13, 2017 – As the nation marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando this week, a group of experts on active shooter/hostile incident response will assemble at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) headquarters to develop NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events. It is expected that the initial standard will be completed by early 2018; then the public will have the opportunity to offer input for immediate review. 

On June 12, 2016, a gunman took the lives of 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It was the biggest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest terrorist attack in our country since September 11th.

”We have seen far too many of these hate crimes in recent years in places like London, Paris, San Bernardino, Boston, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech and Charleston. These tragedies highlight a need for first responders, emergency personnel, facility managers, hospital officials, and community members to have information when terror attacks occur,” NFPA President Jim Pauley said. NFPA 3000 will give authorities a resource to reference in the event that they are faced with a hostile event.

“Our world is changing. It is critical that we do whatever it takes to protect it together,” NFPA Fire Services Segment Director Ken Willette said. “We need to join forces and share the collective wisdom that will help us build a framework for prevention, responsiveness and overall resiliency in the face of terror. The sense of urgency displayed by our Technical Committee and stakeholders to move this important standard forward has been both impressive and warranted.”

Fire Chief Otto Drozd III from Orange County Florida has been the driving force behind the development of NFPA 3000. Drozd’s efforts to establish a standard on active shooting events began in October 2016, shortly after the Pulse Nightclub incident.  A new NFPA Technical Committee was quickly formed and public comments were gathered in just four months so that development of NFPA 3000 could move forward. In April, the NFPA Standards Council unanimously approved the new standard and Technical Committee; development of NFPA 3000 begins this week in Quincy, Massachusetts at NFPA.

The NFPA 3000 Technical Committee is chaired by Richard Serino, recently retired COO of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), former Chief of Boston EMS, and current faculty member at Harvard University.  He is joined by Drozd, representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Association of EMTs (NAEMT), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), EMS Labor Alliance, hospital officials, facility managers, private security authorities, university personnel, and others. 

The NFPA standards development process is open to anyone to view and participate in. The public and first responders can provide comments when the draft is posted, and can follow the development of NFPA 3000 by receiving updates.

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room. 

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