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NFPA Invites A Broad Range of Authorities to Hear Real World Active Shooter Insights

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QUINCY, MA -- The National Fire Protection Association is hosting a FREE active shooter/hostile event program for emergency managers, policymakers, fire, police, EMS, school officials, and facility managers in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, June 18.

Attendees will benefit from a half-day public session featuring keynote speaker Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe & Sound Schools, who lost her daughter during the Sandy Hook School tragedy; an overview of NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program – the world’s first standard to help communities with hostile event preparedness, response and recovery; and insights from a diverse panel of subject matter experts who developed this first-of-its-kind guidance. Attendees will also be granted complimentary access to two relevant active shooter and preparedness educational sessions, which are part of the NFPA Conference & Expo at the Henry B. González Convention Center. 

“Safety is something we all say we want – but when it comes down to the realities of what it takes to keep people safe, we often turn away because it’s uncomfortable, expensive, or may cause us to get into arguments,” Gay said. “We need community leaders to work together, and our policy makers to champion, endorse, and support collaboration.”

The tragic shootings in Poway, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., and Highlands Ranch, Colo. in just the last two weeks are tragic reminders of just how important it is for an even broader range of officials to be more proactive, collaborative and vigilant than ever. While the three original active shooter symposia NFPA hosted in Massachusetts last fall with the governor’s office were well-attended by police, fire, EMS, school officials, and policy makers, the upcoming Texas program works to include others who may be involved in holistic planning, including emergency managers who are tasked with unifying stakeholders and facility managers who know buildings best. 

In May 2018, NFPA released NFPA 3000 after receiving a request from an Orange County, Fla. fire chief whose department responded to the Pulse Night Club massacre in Orlando. In response, more than 50 representatives from law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, hospitals, emergency management, private security, private business, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice, and other disciplines came together to develop the 20-chapter framework for helping communities with holistic strategies.

In addition to the FREE hostile event session in San Antonio, NFPA is conducting a limited-space, deeper dive for up to 70 participants in the afternoon. The hands-on, three-hour workshop presents a scenario, guides participants through high-level coordination, addresses ASHER program benchmarks, and looks closely at recovery – the most enduring aspect of these devastating incidents. Space is limited. The fee for the exclusive afternoon workshop is $250 per person and participants will receive a copy of NFPA 3000.
Pre-registration is required for both the FREE program and the smaller afternoon workshop. Visit nfpa.org/activeshootersessions today to sign up. 



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