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NFPA 3000: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

Updated: May 11, 2020

NFPA 3000 is the standard by which Lockdown International built their training program. Much like the program and tactical tools used by Lockdown International, this standard was born out of a dire need to educate and protect people in a world where senseless violence is present, and preparedness is often the threshold between life and death.

An Important Look at Recent History

The first edition of NFPA 3000 was published in 2018 as only the second provisional standard in the history of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Prior to its release, there was no consensus standard for the components of a “multidisciplinary program for preparedness, response, and recovery to active shooter/hostile events” (NFPA). While there was an abundance of guidance material, the lack of an accredited consensus standard was a dangerous absence.

In October, 2016, the NFPA received a project request for the development of the standard, submitted by Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County Fire and Rescue in Florida on behalf of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Orange County was among the responders to the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, which resulted in the death of 49 people, and the injury of 58 (NFPA).

In the subsequent months, support poured in for the development of the standard. The NFPA Standards council formed a committee of representatives from the fire service, law enforcement, EMS, emergency management, higher education, and facility management to contribute to its development.

The purpose of the standard is to identify the program elements necessary to organize, manage, and sustain an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) program (NFPA).

Why Is It Important to Lockdown International?

We live in constant contention between benevolent advice and “fake news.” Media is biased, information is fragmented, and fear-mongering is devastating. With a rise in active shooter and hostile events has come a slew of (often well-intentioned) advice, which, if not properly researched or given by experts, can be fatal. The increase in incidents has also led to a search for answers, for protection, and for information. That is why a consensus standard was necessary.

Lockdown International built its training programs using the seven requirements outlined in Chapter 16 (Public Education) of this standard so that those who receive training are being taught effective, true, and research-backed information all geared toward their survival. The use of a standard improves the efficacy of all with involvement in a potential hostile situation, including law enforcement, first responders, and those in healthcare and education.

Lockdown International is dedicated to bringing a variety of training programs, security products, educational tools, and proactive measures to businesses, schools, and other communities.

We partner with clients to create and implement custom proactive solutions based on their risk assessment. To learn more, please visit our Instructor Course.

This edition of NFPA 3000TM (PS) has been processed and was approved in accordance with ANSI’s requirements for a Provisional American National Standard on April 11, 2018.

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