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Active Shooter & Hostile Event Response Program

Wish there was no need for this. Keep in mind that there is competition among non-profit in the ":active shooter risk space". Competitors in this space are quick to assemble a panel of insiders to set the standard of care and sell a certification program.


Active Shooter & Hostile Event Response Program

February 17, 2020
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We have been following the fast-tracked development of NFPA 3000 Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program since its launch.  We have contributed to it and we have catalyzed education industry trade associations to rally their membership to participate.   Keep in mind that there are several other non-profit trade associations moving into this space; each of them assembling experts and preparing curricula to drive conformity, compliance and training revenue.   Nothing necessarily wrong with this except that the active shooter risk aggregation is highly “siloed” and setting the standard of care is, well, highly-siloed.

Click on the link below to sample the ideas running through proposed revisions to the next edition:

NFPA 3000 Second Draft Report

NFPA 3000 First Ballot Final

NFPA 3000 Second Draft Ballot Final

Notice the wordsmithing, the internal coordination and administration, and the referencing to existing and new consensus products emerging in this space.

Similar to the condition in the energy sector in which the federal government has to effectively “clear the market” of redundancy and destructive competition among market participants (i.e. trade associations),  we may find that some form of federal legislation may be required.  As we explain in our post on the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act that there lies a risk of damping normal, healthy “animal spirit” competition among trade associations.

All that said, NFPA consensus products are very familiar to the public safety culture in local and state governments so it is wise to keep pace; if not lead when necessary.   Note that NFPA 3000 is a trademarked consensus product; tantamount to becoming a “code” that can be incorporated by reference into public safety laws at all levels of government.

Principal and Alternate Votes on the NFPA Technical Committee from educational institutions: Harvard School of Public Health,  Auburn University,  Missouri State University, University of Connecticut and Vanderbilt University.  None of them are casting User-interest votes according to the NFPA Classification of Committee Members.  In other words,  no representative of an entity that is subject to the provisions of the standard or that voluntarily uses the standard — such as a student or a teacher — has a vote on this committee.   They will depend upon the standard of care set by other interest categories.  See our ABOUT to understand why this is.  

The next several milestones in the NFPA 3000 development are listed below:

It is likely that the NFPA Standards Council will release NFPA 3000 for use by regulating agencies at the 2020 NFPA Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.   It would be relatively easy for our colleagues in the region to attend this conference and sit in on the NFPA 3000 meetings.

We keep NFPA 3000, along with other emergent school security standards, on the agenda with our Risk Management and Public Safety standards teleconference  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue [18-15]

Category: Public Safety, Risk Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben


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