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NFPA 3000 standard released in May

NFPA releases the world’s first active shooter/hostile event standard with guidance on whole community planning, response, and recovery

Timely, critical document was developed with insight from law enforcement, fire, EMS, medical providers, facility managers, private industry, DHS, the CIA, FBI and others

May 1, 2018 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program to help communities holistically deal with the fast-growing number of mass casualty incidents that continue to occur throughout the world. Serving as the first of its kind, NFPA 3000 provides unified planning, response and recovery guidance, as well as civilian and responder safety considerations.

“The NFPA 3000 process, from start to finish, has been an exceptional example of emergency responders and other safety-focused practitioners swiftly coming together to provide invaluable perspective and address a significant threat in our world,” NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said. “The proactive, integrated strategies recommended and defined in NFPA 3000 will go a long way in helping communities plan, respond and recover from active shooter and hostile events.”

This marks only the second time in NFPA’s 122-year history that they have issued a provisional standard. Provisional standards are developed in an expedited process to address an emergency situation or other special circumstance.

After the Pulse Nightclub massacre in June of 2016, Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County Fire in Florida requested that NFPA develop a standard to help authorities come together and create a well-defined, cohesive plan that works to minimize harm and maximize resiliency. NFPA responded by establishing the NFPA Technical Committee on Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response. In mid-April, NFPA 3000 was issued by the NFPA Standards Council, making it the first consensus document related to active shooter and hostile events.

The 46-member Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 3000 is NFPA’s largest startup Committee, to date, with representation 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 many more. Committee members provided job-specific insight and real world observations from mass killings at Mandalay Bay Resort, Pulse Nightclub, Sandy Hook Elementary, the Sikh Temple, the Boston Marathon, and other less publicized events.

NFPA 3000 helps entire communities organize, manage, communicate, and sustain an active shooter/hostile event preparedness, response, and recovery program. In addition to offering NFPA 3000 via a new digital subscription – which will be updated automatically when the next edition becomes available – NFPA is offering an Online Training Series (the first of three courses are available now); a downloadable checklist; a readiness assessment document; and fact sheet for authorities to learn more about establishing a proactive, collaborative active shooter/hostile event program.

Some have asked why NFPA would be the organization to develop an active shooter standard. “For more than a century, NFPA has facilitated a respected consensus process that has produced some of the most widely used codes and standards in the world including more than 100 that impact first responders. Our purview goes far beyond our fire safety efforts as evidenced by our ongoing work to address new hazards with professionals in public safety, emergency management, community risk, electrical services, the energy sector, engineering, the chemical and industrial industries, healthcare, manufacturing, research, the government, and the built environment. The recent increase in active shooter incidents and the fire service involvement in them warranted NFPA’s standards development expertise, and the timely development of NFPA 3000,” Pauley said.

NFPA 3000 cover artwork is available online. For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

Leadership Academy receiving excellent reviews 

SWFCA recently launched their 6 month leadership training coaching and mentoring program at the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center.  The class was filled to near capacity for this inaugural class of 2017. 

Participants traveled from other regions to take advantage of this remarkable training program. 

State Fire Marshal Robert Doke welcomed the class to Oklahoma and emphasized the importance of leadership skills and training in all aspects of community. Also President Tom Bradley, Fire Chief of Stillwater Oklahoma and current President of the division spoke on behalf of the board of directors and state of Oklahoma about the decision to bring this unique opportunity to the IAFC-SW membership.  

As your division elected leadership, we are committed to offering you the benefits you’ve asked for and deserve as a member of the IAFC.

Here is some feedback that we have already received after the initial 2-day classroom group: 

The course was great.  Honestly better than I expected

Training officer & volunteer fire chief – Oklahoma

 I am looking forward to the online classes to see how they turn out and what the interaction is like. 

 Oklahoma volunteer officer 

First time I’ve worked on my personal skills and I look forward to the follow-up classes

Fire officer, Lexington, SC 
We want to thank Chief Richard Kelley, OCFD for hosting this class!

There will be a wrap-up session and graduation ceremony in October in conjunction with the division’s executive leadership conference in Houston, TX

If you or your department would like to host a class, please contact Lisa Moatts or call 843-694-2768

Chief Brunacini is back with ICS 2017

Thanks to our local sponsors for making this class possible!


Don’t miss the first class of 2017!

Special introductory pricing to attend this interactive training class

Registration:  $199 for members , $225 non-members  

Register now

COMMAND SYMPOSIUM 2017: The Basics of Incident Command by Chief Bruno & Friends

Who Should Attend: Fire Command Officers, Company Officers, and Firefighters that have Incident Command decision-making responsibilities.

This is a 16 hour course that will provide the attendees with several new leading edge must know command lectures, case study and scenarios, from one of the American leading ICS pioneers, Alan Brunacini. Topics include critical decision making under stress; improving hazard zone communications and a review of several pivotal case studies.

Incident Command essentials include: Functions of Command; Case Studies; Managing Large Events… learn this and so much more 

 Command Symposium 2017 Agenda


Chief Alan Brunacini


Chief Brunacini is one of the most highly respected figures in the fire industry. He has served as fire chief of the Phoenix Fire Department and as the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Technical Committee for Fire Service Organization and Deployment Projects. He was the first active fire service member to hold the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of the NFPA. His impact on the fire industry is widespread. Brunacini has authored or co-authored a total of nine books and has been referred to as “The Godfather” of Fire Service by those who he has mentored.

After serving as a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief and assistant chief at the Phoenix Fire Department, Brunacini was named chief in 1978 after more than 20 years in the fire industry. Brunacini is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University and a graduate of Arizona State University where he earned a degree in political science. He completed the Urban Executives Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University.

Chief Brunacini has authored Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service, Fire Command, Timeless Tactical Truths, and Command Safety.”

Chief Dennis Rubin


Dennis L. Rubin was first appointed as a Fire Chief in December of 1996.  Chief Rubin’s experience spans more than 35 years.  He has served as a line firefighter, company officer, command officer, and chief of the department in several major U. S. Cities.

In 1994, Rubin was the President of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia.  Chief Rubin hosted the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association Conference held in Dothan, Alabama.  He was appointed to several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as theSafety Committee and Program Committee Chair.  Rubin is the Ad Hoc Chair for the Wingspread VI Conference.

Chief Rubin’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Maryland and Associates in Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Management from the Northern Virginia Community College.  Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland Security.  Rubin is a certified emergency manager (CEM); and a certified incident safety officer as well has obtained the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) and Chief Medical Officer Designation (CMOD) bestowed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Rubin’s teaching credentials are significant.  Rubin is an adjunct faculty member with several state fire-rescue training agencies and at the        National Fire Academy.  Rubin is a popular lecturer at local, state, national and international venues.  Rubin has been a member of seven National Fire Academy course development teams.  Included among the development teams that Rubin has served on are: Incident Command, Infection Control for the Fire Service, and Tactical Operations

Chief Bobby Halton

Please read bio here

Chief Cecil B. Clay (ret)

Chief Cecil Clay served 28 years on the Oklahoma City Fire Department, and retired as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operation.

Chief Clay holds a B.S. in Fire Science and A.A.S. in Municipal Fire Protection. He worked his way through the ranks in the Operational Services Division, Suppression.

Chief Clay serves as a Commissioner on the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Commission.

Captain Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson began in the fire service in 1998 and has been employed with Travis Co. ESD#2- Pflugerville Fire Dept since 2000. Michael currently holds the rank of Captain assigned as a Training Officer. As a fire service instructor, he specializes in Incident Command, hazardous materials, and driver operator classes. Michael has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology and holds Instructor III and Fire Officer IV certifications.

Michael currently serves as the Western Advocate Manager for the NFFF EGH program managing the Advocate and training programs of the NFFF for FEMA regions 6 -10.

Michael currently resides in Hutto Texas, outside of Austin. He and his wife Gena have two children, Jocelyn (9) and Luke (5). Michael continues hard work to have a lasting impact on firefighter safety and the reduction of line of duty deaths and injuries.

Chief Nick Perkins

Nick Perkins is an 18 year veteran of the fire service beginning his fire service career as a volunteer fire fighter in the San Antonio area at age 18.  He began his professional career with Travis County ESD#2, Pflugerville Fire Department and progressively rose through the ranks to his current position as a Battalion Chief supervising the Training and Safety Division.  He serves as National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation Advocate in Texas.  Additionally, he works part time as a Lead Instructor for the LBJ Fire Academy, and an assistant instructor with Texas Rope Rescue.  He holds a bachelors degree in occupational education, and an associate’s degree in fire protection technology. He hold certifications as a master fire fighter, master instructor III, and fire officer III/IV from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.  He served for seven years as a Staff Sergeant and a medic in the Texas State Guard.

Command Symposium 2017

Save the Date!!

This exclusive 2-day training symposium led by

Chief Alan Brunacini  known as the Godfather of the American Fire Service

February 9 & 10, 2017

Reserve your seat today!


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