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ASIS News April 2016


ASIS International and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted a January 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.

“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,” says Dr. Marc Siegel, commissioner of the Global Standards Initiative. 

The daylong meeting sought to define “active shooter” after a review of FBI statistics. Participants also assessed technology and management needs and budgets; considered public and private sector concerns; identified synergies and conflicts between security, safety, and fire safety practices; and examined legal and regulatory issues. 

“By bringing together the security and fire safety communities, ASIS and the NFPA are focusing some of our nation’s top experts in protecting human, tangible and intangible assets to enhance the safety and security of our communities,” said Robert Solomon, division manger, NFPA. “By sharing the best practices from our constituents we can provide the necessary guidance for individuals and organizations to survive and recover from these events.”

Senior Regional Vice President of Group I Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CPP, PSP, notes, “I attended because as a volunteer leader and practitioner in the industry, I have found that the only way to facilitate change is by being involved. Having been an active contributor on other standards, I felt that this was an important effort that I needed to support. During the meeting, I was able to meet and participate with other industry professionals who also understand the importance of this issue and who had some unique ideas on how to address active-threat incidents.”

ASIS and the NFPA have committed their organizations to continue this initiative supporting the contributions of the group to create guidance addressing active shooter events. 

To download the meeting notes, a PowerPoint presentation, and attendee list visit Guidelines. Security practitioners and organizations interested in receiving ad­d­itional information on this initiative should contact [email protected].


Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling (USMC-ret.) will be a keynote speaker at the ASIS 26th New York City Security Conference and Expo, April 27 to 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

In October 2007, Darling retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with more than 20 years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Oper­ation Re­store Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presi­dential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Darling supported the President, Vice President, and national security advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center on 9-11.

In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in financial management, and subsequently served as a program manager for the chief of naval operations supporting the U.S. Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program.

Darling is the author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and is the president and CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics company located in Stafford, Virginia.

For more information on the ASIS NYC Conference and Expo, visit