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NFPA 3000: The newest active shooter standard

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, July 1, 2018

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 Spurred by coordination problems identified after several recent mass shootings, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 3000, a Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER), is designed to help communities prepare for multiple casualties. It was released May 1.

There is no current mandate for hospitals to embrace the standards set out in NFPA 3000, which was fast-tracked as a provisional standard in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse nightclub in June 2016. The publication marks only the second time the NFPA has fast-tracked a provisional standard.

However, both CMS and The Joint Commission require hospitals to be prepared for all hazards in their areas, including active shooter or other hostile events.

With that in mind, it’s possible that accrediting agencies eventually will highlight components of NFPA 3000 to emphasize elements of good emergency response planning, says Steven MacArthur, a senior consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Massachusetts. 

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