(a) Scope. This section sets forth the minimum hours of classroom instruction and topics required for Department accreditation of training courses for certificate of fitness for FLS director.
(b) General Provisions.
(1) General accreditation requirements. FLS director training courses shall comply with the general training school accreditation procedures, standards and requirements set forth in R113-04.
(2) Instructor qualifications. Instruction in FLS director training courses shall be conducted by persons with law enforcement, fire prevention/suppression, engineering, environmental safety, fire safety director, meteorological, technological experience or expertise, prior experience in fire safety and non-fire emergency (EAP) training, or other appropriate experience or expertise that qualifies them to teach the respective instructional topics of the training course.
(c) Course Structure, Required Hours and Topics of Instruction. FLS director training courses shall be organized and conducted to address general topics and fire safety, followed by non-fire emergencies. FLS director training courses shall provide not less than 31 hours of training, as follows: four (4) hours in general topics, 16 hours in fire safety, and 11 hours in non-fire emergencies (Emergency Action Plan training).
(1) General topics. FLS director training courses shall provide instruction in the following general topics:
(A) FLS director qualifications.
(1) Qualifications for certificate of fitness.
(2) Department application forms.
(3) Certificate of fitness written and practical (on-site) examinations.
(B) Building construction and systems.
(1) Alarm systems.
(2) Sprinkler systems.
(3) Standpipe systems.
(4) Smoke detectors.
(5) Portable fire extinguishers.
(6) Types of alarm systems: office building, hotel/motel, high-rise building, interior fire alarm.
(7) Fire command center.
(8) Elevators, including the different modes of elevator operation.
(10) Stair pressurization.
(11) Smoke shaft.
(14) HVAC systems.
(15) Smoke control and purge systems.
(16) History of fatal fires in high-rise office and residential buildings, nursing homes, night clubs and other places of assembly, and other occupancies.
(2) Fire safety training. FLS director training courses shall, at a minimum, provide not less than 16 hours of instructional training in fire safety, of which not less than two (2) hours shall consist of practical skills exercise/hands-on demonstrations. FLS director training courses shall provide instruction in the following fire safety topics:
(A) FLS director duties and responsibilities in fire emergencies.
(1) Role of FLS director and deputy FLS director.
(2) FLS plan format.
(3) Fire drills and evacuation.
(4) Training of fire brigade.
(5) Human behavior and personal safety of building occupants.
(6) Communication with Department at fire incidents.
(7) Inspection and prevention of fires.
(B) Legal requirements.
(1) Local Law Nos. 5 of 1973, 16 of 1984, 41 of 1978, 58 of 1987 and 26 of 2004 and the 2008 and 2014 Fire Codes, including any amendments thereto.
(2) Owner's legal responsibilities.
(3) Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including any amendments thereto.
(1) Chemistry of fire.
(2) Properties of fire.
(3) Behavior of fire.
(4) Flame-resistant chemicals and treatments.
(5) Ignition sources.
(6) Heat transfer.
(D) Practical skills exercise/hands-on demonstration.
(1) Elevator recall.
(2) Fire alarm systems in office buildings, hotels, places of assembly and other occupancies, and the features of such systems and capabilities, including fire command centers, announcements, and warden phones.
(E) Building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping. Building Code, Fire Code and rule requirements for building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping, as set forth in R113-12(c)(2).
(3) Non-fire emergency (Emergency Action Plan) training. FLS director training courses shall, at a minimum, provide not less than eleven (11) hours of instructional training, of which not less than nine (9) hours shall consist of Category 1 topics and not less than two (2) hours shall consist of Category 2 topics.
(A) Category 1 shall include the following instructional topics, and such other topics as the Department may from time to time designate by written notice to accredited training course providers:
(1) Local Law No. 26 of 2004, Fire Code Chapter 4 and any amendments or other rules promulgated pursuant thereto;
(2) Shelter in place, in-building relocation, partial building evacuation and full building evacuation concepts;
(3) Building communications and announcements;
(4) Building ventilation options;
(5) Use of elevators;
(6) Human services, including building occupants with special needs and related mobility and communications issues;
(7) Weapons of mass destruction, including dirty bombs and other radiological weapons;
(8) Active shooter and medical emergencies, as set forth in R113-06;
(9) Hazardous material incidents involving biological agents, including contamination issues;
(10) Hazardous material incidents involving chemical agents;
(11) Bombs, bomb threats and suspicious packages;
(12) Weather-related emergencies;
(13) Failure of building utilities, mechanical systems and/or telecommunications systems; and
(14) Training methodology, including application protocols and post drill critiques.
(B) Category 2 shall include the following instructional topics, and such other topics as the Department may from time to time designate by written notice to accredited training course providers:
(1) Civil disturbances and blackouts;
(2) Familiarization with incident command structure and emergency response operations;
(3) Situational awareness in the context of non-fire emergencies;
(4) Applicable lessons from major incidents including the World Trade Center; and
(5) Practical (on-site) test information as provided by the Department.
(d) Course Administration and Completion.
(1) The ratio of students to instructors in the fire safety practical skills exercise, including practical skills exercise/hands-on demonstrations, shall not exceed 25-to-1.
(2) Students must attend all training classes to be eligible to take the final examination.
(3) Students shall be allowed two (2) opportunities to pass the final examination. Students who fail the final examination on the second attempt must re-take the course in its entirety.
(Am. eff. 12/1/2016)