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ASIS and NFPA Active Shooter Meeting Addresses the Need for Better Guidance and Coordination Among Stakeholders


Alexandria, Va. 2016-02-01

ASIS International (ASIS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted a Jan. 19 joint stakeholder meeting to address active shooting incidents. More than 100 experts from the security, fire, law enforcement, EMS, life safety, professional and government​ fields discussed existing resources, the crossover between security and fire disciplines, operational solutions, management procedures, building design and construction issues, and cost considerations with an emphasis on preparation and planning. The intent of the collaborative effort was, and will continue​ to be, to examine gaps and exchange knowledge as they relate to active shooter events.

A summary of the day’s discussions, including photos and a copy of the opening presentation, are available online. Areas of focus included:

  • Defining “active shooter” and reviewing FBI statistics
  • Assessing technology and management needs and budgets
  • Considering public and private sector concerns
  • Identifying synergies and conflicts between security, safety and fire safety practices
  • Examining the status of legal and regulatory issues

The group concluded that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and identified a need for guidance that can be tailored to the conditions and resource constraints of a wide range of organizations.

“There is no simple solution to the problem of active shooters, but by convening some of the leading minds on this subject we hope to create scalable guidance to minimize the likelihood and consequences of these events,” said Dr. Marc Siegel, commissioner, Global Standards Initiative, ASIS International.

“By bringing together members of the security and fire safety communities, ASIS and NFPA are taking important steps to define strategies that will protect people as well as physical assets,” said Robert Solomon, division manager, Building Fire Protection and Life Safety, NFPA. “Gathering the best practices from stakeholders and influencers will allow us to formulate necessary guidance so that individuals and organizations can mitigate, survive and recover from these incidents.”

Security practitioners and organizations interested in receiving additional information on this initiative should contact

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