NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program


Protect your community with NFPA 3000 (PS), the first comprehensive multidisciplinary program addressing active shooter and other hostile events.

Recent incidents in the United States and around the world underscore the critical importance of first responder and community preparedness for active shooter and/or hostile events. These tragedies have a significant and lasting impact on entire communities, and unified and integrated preparedness, response, and recovery strategies are vital to mitigate their impacts.

The urgent need for coordinated planning and response prompted the development of a new provisional consensus standard: NFPA 3000 (PS).

Created with widespread support from fire service, law enforcement, EMS, emergency, management, higher education, and facility management professionals, NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program is only the second provisional standard in the history of the NFPA. Committee members include representatives from a broad-range of agencies and associations such as:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Volunteer Fire Council
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Emergency Medical Services Labor Alliance
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • National EMS Academy
  • International Association of EMS Chiefs
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Association of EMS Physicians
  • International Association of Emergency Managers

NFPA 3000 (PS) is essential for public safety.

This important document provides the minimum criteria for organizing, managing, and sustaining an active shooter and/or hostile event preparedness and response program based on an organization’s or community’s level of risk. The standard addresses all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery.

NFPA 3000 (PS) provides comprehensive requirements concerning:

  • Risk assessment
  • Planning and coordination
  • Resource management
  • Organizational deployment
  • Incident Management
  • Facility preparedness
  • Financial readiness
  • Financial management
  • Communications center support
  • Competencies for law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders

Annexes include additional explanatory material, references, and an overview of the laws, regulations, consensus standards, and guidance documents available today.

NFPA 3000 (PS) is a key resource for any community, facility, or member of any organization that responds to or prepares for active shooter and/or hostile events.


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