The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced in January, 2018 the approval of the first active shooter/mass casualty standard for Fire and EMS services. The NFPA 3000™ is currently a “provisional standard” (PS), and will still require significant amount of review before final approval as a full NFPA standard.
However, this move by NFPA is monumental! Previous standards for Fire and EMS response was always a stage until the scene is cleared by police. Recent horrific mass casualty events have force NFPA to re-evaluate this stance, and the new NFPA 3000 provisional standard is an enormous step in the right direction.
Here is a statement by the NFPA Standards Council on the release of the NFPA 3000 provisional standard:
“Provisional standards are developed when there is a serious life safety concern that warrants an abbreviated standards development process. The typical standards cadence is condensed so that a standard can be issued in a shorter time period in the interest of the public; and in this case, first responder safety. The tragic trend of hostile events in the United States prompted the NFPA’s Standards Council to authorize processing of the provisional standard.”