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Active Shooter Standard in Development at NFPA

After the 2016 Pulse Nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, a new NFPA technical committee was formed and public comments gathered. Development of the standard, NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, began in mid June 2017.

The process of developing the new standard was started by  Fire Chief Otto Drozd III from Orange County Florida. In an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel, Drozd says while there are numerous guidance documents available from a variety of organizations regarding active shooter events, "no consensus document exists that public-safety organizations can reference to establish consistent training, equipment, response protocols or measurable operational objectives."

A first draft of NFPA 3000 is expected to be available for public comment by early 2018, says NFPA.

This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management. To read more about planning for an active shooter event, go to


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