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401.5 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Plan (Level 2)
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The commissioner shall promulgate rules establishing standards, procedures and requirements for a written fire and emergency preparedness plan that provides for fire safety and non-fire emergency preparedness in buildings or occupancies of a lesser size, complexity, and/or risk vulnerability than those requiring a comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan, and for the coordination of the emergency response to a medical emergency at the premises.
The rules promulgated by the commissioner shall specify the information to be contained in the fire and emergency preparedness plan, which shall include the following information and documentation, and/or such other information and documentation as the commissioner may prescribe:
- The designation of the FEP coordinator, by name, certificate number and position at the premises, and other FEP staff, by name and/or position at the premises, and certificate number, if required.
- The procedure by which a fire or other emergency is reported to the department, and the FEP staff responsible for ensuring such reporting.
- The procedure for notifying building occupants of a fire or other emergency, and the FEP staff responsible for ensuring such notification.
- The procedure for coordinating with firefighting, emergency medical service and other emergency response personnel, including notifying such personnel upon arrival of the location of the emergency and the response thereto, and the FEP staff responsible for such coordination.
- The procedure for monitoring a public emergency notification system in accordance with FC401.9.
- Procedures for identifying and assisting building occupants who require assistance because of an infirmity, disability or other special need.
Identification of fire prevention measures appropriate to the occupancy, to be included in staff training and drills, and the FEP staff or building staff responsible for addressing any unsafe conditions, including:
- Unobstructed and unimpeded access to means of egress.
- Proper storage and removal of combustible materials and combustible waste on the premises.
- Maintenance of decorative vegetation.
- Proper use of extension cords, outlets and electrical equipment.
- Maintenance of sprinkler head clearances.
- Posting and maintenance of "No Smoking" signs required by this code.
- The procedure for the ongoing monitoring of the premises during regular business hours to verify compliance with the following requirements, and the FEP staff responsible for such monitoring:
Fire and emergency preparedness plans prepared for a high-rise building or a large-area building shall be submitted for department acceptance, prior to occupancy of the building or occupancy, in the manner prescribed by the department. All other fire and emergency preparedness plans shall be maintained on the premises and made available for review by a department representative. If such plan is unavailable or determined to be deficient, the department may order that a plan prepared in compliance with this chapter and the rules be submitted to the department for acceptance. Nothing contained herein shall preclude the department from establishing by rule a procedure for the on-line preparation and filing of all fire and emergency preparedness plans required pursuant to this chapter.
The owner of any premises required by this chapter to have a fire and emergency preparedness plan shall designate competent persons to act as FEP staff, including a person designated to serve as the FEP coordinator pursuant to FC401.5.5.1. An owner of such a premises shall not be required to employ or otherwise retain staff solely for purposes of complying with the requirements of this chapter, but shall designate persons employed or otherwise working at the premises to serve as FEP staff and assign them the duties and responsibilities necessary to implement the fire and emergency preparedness plan and otherwise comply with the requirements of this chapter and the rules.
A manager or other responsible FEP staff member employed at the premises shall be designated in the fire and emergency preparedness plan as the FEP coordinator and shall hold an FEP coordinator certificate of fitness. A person holding a certificate of fitness as an FLS director may serve as the FEP coordinator without obtaining a separate certificate of fitness. The FEP coordinator shall have the following duties and responsibilities and such other duties and responsibilities as the commissioner may prescribe by rule:
- The FEP coordinator shall be fully familiar with the provisions of the fire and emergency preparedness plan and shall conduct the FEP staff training and fire and non-fire emergency drills required by FC 401.5.5.2 and 401.7.
Exception: FEP staff training and fire and non-fire emergency drills may be conducted by a person holding a certificate of fitness as fire drill conductor under the general supervision of the FEP coordinator.
- The FEP coordinator need not be personally present on the premises during regular business hours, but shall be responsible for overseeing and monitoring the performance of the duties and responsibilities of the FEP staff set forth in the fire and emergency preparedness plan.
- The FEP coordinator shall endeavor to ensure that adequate FEP staff is present during regular business hours, and, in the absence of designated FEP staff, shall designate interim FEP staff.
FEP staff shall receive 1 hour of initial training in the fire and emergency preparedness plan upon their designation as FEP staff. Such training shall familiarize them with:
With the exception of the FEP coordinator, FEP staff shall receive 30-minutes quarterly refresher training.
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