A.S.H.E.R. Agreement

First-of-its-Kind Agreement in PBC Establishes Multi-Agency Collaboration to Protect Students and Staff
Posted on 10/30/2020
Multi-Agency Collaboration

Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D., and School Police Chief Frank Kitzerow announce that the School District of Palm Beach County launched a first-of-its-kind agreement with law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency management, health care, and trauma centers.

This multi-agency coordinated effort, provides a unified operating guideline in the event of a major security incident involving Palm Beach County District schools. The Active Shooter Hostage Event Response (A.S.H.E.R.) agreement provides guidance to incident commanders and first responders arriving at critical incidents, thereby creating a more unified command control and ensuring public safety.

The agreement took more than one year to construct, and it includes all municipal law enforcement and fire departments as well as the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department and Fire Rescue.

The agreement was announced on October 30 during a joint news conference involving Superintendent Fennoy, Chief Kitzerow, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Clint Shannon – President of Palm Beach County Police Chiefs Association and Chief of Palm Beach Gardens Police, Diane Maddy – President of Palm Beach County Fire Chiefs Association and Chief of West Palm Beach Fire, and Bill Johnson – Director of Emergency Management for Palm Beach County.

“School security in this District has been dramatically transformed over the last couple of years as our School Police Department has grown in size, technology, and efficiency,” Dr. Fennoy said. “The A.S.H.E.R Program is the latest example of our commitment to keeping our students and staff safe. This inter-agency collaboration brings school security to a whole new level.”

The A.S.H.E.R. guidelines also establish staging areas, rescue teams, access control, media and public information, recovery and demobilization, as well as family reunification, assistance, and survivor care.

Watch the news conference here.

The School District of Palm Beach County