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. Locksmiths and security specialists play a part in the NFPA 3000™ process by preparing communities by facilitating security assessments and consulting on equipment and hardware that can best mitigate threats.

The Origin

In the wake of 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. Following 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.

His response was 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. 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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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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