Exercises must be conducted by holders of a certificate of physical fitness, particularly individuals certified as FLS directors, IEP coordinators or master exercisers. If training is provided by a drilling operator in buildings where FLS or ITPs are required, it must be “personally supervised” by the CFS Director or “generally supervised” by the FEP Coordinator. Training should be planned to maximize the participation of building occupants. The frequency is defined in the previously published CF table – 401.7.6. On page 112 you can see different requirements for each type of occupancy/building. Definition of fire warden: A person who holds a certificate of fitness for that purpose, who is trained and responsible for the maintenance of a fire hall and who performs fire safety duties that may be prescribed by the fire service. We met on the 6th. October 2020 asked the FDNY if it had published updated information and guidelines. They responded immediately, saying, “So far, there are no new guidelines. Fire drills can still be postponed. At A-Z, fire safety and security are there to help you navigate this process and are available to help your building meet your safety needs. Do not hesitate to contact you for advice on FDNY injuries, the design of the fire safety plan and your other questions.
Requirements: Supervisors must be trained by the Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan Director to understand ground exits and escape routes, operation and location of supervisor and station telephones. In addition, they must receive at least one hour of annual training each year. You must participate in exercises and exercises and must be identifiable when activating the fire/emergency safety plan (hat, vest, badge, armband). Building occupants who have indicated a need for assistance (with disabilities or functional or special needs that would require assistance in an emergency) should be encouraged to participate in exercises. First, you are allowed to postpone your fire drills over and over again out of concern for the health and safety of your tenants. This can be a relief for many who are worried about trapping tenants in narrow hallways or trying to find designated emergency floor managers who are still in the building and not working from home, for example. However, that doesn`t mean you have to forget about fire protection. Now, it`s more important than ever to make sure all your tenants receive written information about fire or non-fire emergencies.
Tenants should always know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency while they are in their office. The fire brigade consists of building personnel, office workers or other building occupants who are responsible for assisting in the implementation of the fire safety and evacuation plan, including those deployed to assist building occupants who require assistance to participate in the plan. Firefighters are on duty during normal business hours. The Fire and Emergency Action Plan Director and Deputy Fire or Emergency Action Plan Heads shall not be designated as members of the Fire and Emergency Action Plan. To inform the public about safety information related to fire and non-fire emergencies, the FDNY is proposing a new rule (401-07) to establish standards, requirements and procedures for conducting construction exercises. The exercises should be performed through “live instructions” with the recommended use of visual aids (more on this later). Paragraph (c) requires that exercises be conducted in person on each floor and may be conducted in conference rooms (to allow for the use of videos or other visual aids). At a minimum, the practice space should be conducive to “effective communication” where everyone can see and hear the facilitator. Under this proposed rule, “the Department is not currently implementing FC401.7.2 Combined Drilling Regulations.” If a required fire protection system is out of service, firefighters must be notified immediately and either the building must be evacuated or fire supervision must be maintained by one or more persons holding a fire safety certificate.