NFPA 3000: An Overview and Origin

The NFPA 3000 is the NFPA’s latest update in life safety codes to meet the growing threat of public violence. First-responders and targeted communities, as well as locksmiths and security specialists, play a part in the NFPA 3000 process. It is only by preparing communities to facilitate security assessments, consulting with building managers on hardware, and by creating emergency plans that the NFPA 3000 process can be achieved.

The Origin

After 2016’s Pulse Nightclub shooting, Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III saw the need for standards on how communities and first responders can prepare as well as set up preventative measures for active shooters and hostile event response. As a response to the deadly shooting, Chief Drozd saw the need for a realized plan for the communities that this tragic occurrence had upheaved into chaos and turmoil.

In response, Chief Drozd made a request to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to address the trend of publicly hostile acts and active shooter situations and how affected communities and first responders can prepare, respond, and recover from them. In the end, the result was revealed in May of 2018 with the NFPA 3000™ — Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program.

Find out more concerning NFPA 3000 by consulting the Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program or by their Fact Sheet for guidance on its implementation.


The purpose of NFPA 3000™ (PS) is to identify the minimum program elements needed to organize, manage, and sustain an active shooter and/or hostile event response program and to reduce or eliminate the risks, effect, and impact on an organization or community affected by these events. The document addresses the following areas and others:


  • Assessing risks
  • Developing community-wide programs


  • Establishing competencies
  • Communicating to all stakeholders


  • Planning recovery efforts
  • Taking into account healthcare and mental health issues

NFPA 3000™ — Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program Fact Sheet.
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In conclusion, contact your local IDN branch for information on how we can assist you in your efforts to adhere to NFPA 3000 (PS).

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