Atlanta, May 2, 2018 – U.S. Security Associates (USA), the market-leading security solutions provider, shared the expertise of Lisa Terry, CHPA, CPP, Vice President of Healthcare Security, with the team that developed NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program – the world’s first standard to help communities develop a unified active shooter/hostile event planning, response and recovery program. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the new standard today to help policy makers, first responders and others organize, manage, communicate and sustain a holistic active shooter/hostile event preparedness program.
Terry, a former chief of police and author of “Active Shooter Response Handbook for Healthcare Workers,” lent her 35 years’ experience as a healthcare security expert to the NFPA Technical committee. After the Pulse Night Club massacre in June of 2016, it was requested that NFPA develop a standard to help authorities work 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. The 45-member committee, representing a cross-section of leading experts 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, developed the first-of- its-kind standard.
Lisa Terry, Vice President of Healthcare Security for U.S. Security Associates worked with law enforcement, fire, EMS, medical providers, facility managers, private industry, DHS, the CIA, FBI and others to help communities deal with mass-casualty incidents.
During the fast-paced development period, Terry and other committee members provided job-specific insight and real-world perspectives from mass killings at Mandalay Bay Resort, Pulse Night Club, Sandy Hook Elementary, the Sikh Temple, the Boston Marathon and other less publicized events. “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.”
Terry, speaking in particular to healthcare and education institutions, said, “With active shooter and hostile events increasingly dominating our news feeds these days, it is important for the leaders, policy makers and different authorities to come together before, during and after an incident to minimize risk to civilians and responders. Through NFPA’s standards process, we were able to develop a timely and essential body of knowledge that will help hospitals, schools and communities address the threat of mass-casualty incidents most effectively.”
Thomas Gasque, Vice President of Training and Leadership Development for USA emphasized the importance of having an internal member serve on NFPA’s Technical Committee. “As a leading provider for security solutions across all vertical markets, especially healthcare and education institutions, having our industry expert on the committee facilitates direct access to frontline initiatives and education that we can immediately implement into our training programs and swiftly align policies and procedures to be consistent with NFPA, the organization leading the charge to eliminate the catastrophic loss of a mass shooting event. That is an incredible value we provide our clients and the communities we serve by enabling our Security Officers to be the most prepared to respond.”
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