Why have a combined Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan? In NYC, aside from the obvious need to comply with legal requirements there are a number of benefits to having a current and well-rehearsed Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan.
First and foremost is ensuring the safety of your employees and tenants in the event of a fire or other emergency.
A staff which is well trained and practiced in fire safety procedures will respond quickly and effectively in an emergency thus reducing risk to occupants and minimizing damage to the facility.
Second, many insurance companies either require properties to have a Fire Safety or Emergency Action Plan or will issue discounts to those that do.
Third, having a Fire Safety or emergency action plan may reduce the legal liability of owners or managers in the event of a fire or other emergency in their building.
What Does A Combined Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan Entail?
In order to comply with NYC regulations for a Combined Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan a property governed by this rule must:
- Have a written plan which establishes the actions that will be taken in response to a fire or non-fire related emergency. This plan must be submitted to and accepted by the NYC Fire Department.
- Have a Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan Director or Deputy Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan Director with proper Certificate of Fitness from FDNY on duty at all times when the building has more than one hundred (100) occupants
- Conduct fire drills semi-annually.
- Conduct emergency action plan drills annually.
- Conduct required training for building employees.
- Conduct required training for building floor wardens and deputy wardens.
- Maintain Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan log books
- Post and maintain staffing charts on each floor of the building.
Since 2001 our staff of retired FDNY and NYPD supervisors has been helping property owners and managers with all aspects of Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan compliance including:
- Combined Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan preparation
- Fire Safety drills
- Emergency Action Plan drills
- Training for building employees and wardens
- Fire Safety Director Courses
- Fire Safety Director refresher courses
- Emergency Action Plan Director courses
- Addressing and correcting FDNY violations