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Level 2 plans and staffing shall be in accordance with FC 401.5.1 through 401.5.5, the provisions of FC 404 through 415, as applicable, and the rules.
401.5.1 General
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.
401.5.2 Form
Fire and emergency preparedness plans shall have a simplified, standardized format that allows for completion by persons without specialized qualifications. The rules promulgated by the commissioner shall specify the form of such plans and any supporting documentation.
401.5.3 Content
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:
  1. 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.
  2. The procedure by which a fire or other emergency is reported to the department, and the FEP staff responsible for ensuring such reporting.
  3. The procedure for notifying building occupants of a fire or other emergency, and the FEP staff responsible for ensuring such notification.
  4. 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.
  5. The procedure for monitoring a public emergency notification system in accordance with FC401.9.
  6. Procedures for identifying and assisting building occupants who require assistance because of an infirmity, disability or other special need.
  7. 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:
    1. Unobstructed and unimpeded access to means of egress.
    2. Proper storage and removal of combustible materials and combustible waste on the premises.
    3. Maintenance of decorative vegetation.
    4. Proper use of extension cords, outlets and electrical equipment.
    5. Maintenance of sprinkler head clearances.
    6. Posting and maintenance of "No Smoking" signs required by this code.
  8. 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:
    1. Access to the means of egress is unobstructed and unimpeded.
    2. The premises does not become overcrowded.
    3. Allowable use of open flames and open-flame devices is being conducted properly and safely.
    4. The prohibition against smoking, where required by this code or the rules, is being observed.
401.5.4 Submission and Acceptance
Except as otherwise provided in FC401.5.4.1, 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.
401.5.4.1 Submission of Plans Not Required
Fire and emergency preparedness plans prepared for a high-rise building or a large-area building are not required to be submitted for department acceptance in the following circumstances:
  1. High-rise buildings and large-area buildings with a fire alarm that is programmed for full, not staged, evacuation;
  2. Low-rise, large-area Group I-1 buildings; and
  3. Low-rise Group R-1 dormitories and low-rise Group R-2 student apartments, with more than fifty rooms above street level (which are treated as large-area buildings by the Building Code).
401.5.4.2 Electronic Filing of Plans
The following emergency preparedness plans and, when required, building information cards, building floor plans and other supporting documentation, shall be electronically filed with the department for review and approval in the manner prescribed by the department:
  1. Comprehensive fire safety/emergency action (Level 1) plans.
  2. Fire and emergency preparedness (Level 2) plans, when filing is required by the code or rules or ordered by the department for enforcement purposes.
401.5.5 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Staff
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.
401.5.5.1 Fire/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
401.5.5.2 Training
FEP staff shall be trained in the performance of their duties in accordance with the fire and emergency preparedness plan.
401.5.5.2.1 Initial Training
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:
  1. their duties in the event the fire and emergency preparedness plan is implemented; and
  2. appropriate fire prevention measures for the occupancy.
401.5.5.2.2 Refresher Training
With the exception of the FEP coordinator, FEP staff shall receive 30-minutes quarterly refresher training.
401.5.5.2.3 Training Methods
FEP staff training shall be provided in the manner set forth in FC401.4.5.2.4.
401.5.5.2.4 Recordkeeping
A written record of FEP staff training shall be maintained in the log book required by FC401.8. An entry shall be made in such log book for each training session conducted.

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