Preparedness and response to active shooter scenarios and incidents

Active shooter
Photo: Jim Morrissey

The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard addressing preparedness and response to active shooter scenarios and incidents. The request seeks an NFPA standard to address appropriate training, responder interagency coordination protocol, and the identification of minimal personal protective equipment appropriate for responders to active shooter incidents.

If the New Project Initiation is ultimately approved by the Standards Council, a new Technical Committee may be established and charged with the development of appropriate requirements related to active shooter incident preparedness and response. Activities within the scope of the Technical Committee are anticipated to focus on:

  • active shooter incident training for responders;
  • personal protective equipment appropriate for responding to active shooter scenarios;
  • response protocol and procedures across multiple responder segments; and
  • measurable operational objectives.

NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing preparedness and response to active shooter incidents. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

  • Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard pertaining to active shooter incident response and preparedness?
  • Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
  • Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if established by the Standards Council? If yes, please submit an application* in addition to your comments in support of the project.

Please submit all comments, in support or opposition to active shooter incident response and preparedness standards development to NFPA by the deadline below.

Submit public comments

Deadline: January 17, 2017

*Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this subject matter.