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401.4.5 Fire and Life Safety Staff
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The owner of any premises required by this chapter to have a comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan shall designate competent persons to act as FLS staff, including a person designated to serve as FLS director. The owner shall employ or otherwise retain sufficient FLS staff to implement such plan during regular business hours and to otherwise comply with the requirements of this chapter and the rules. The persons designated as FLS staff shall possess such qualifications and/or hold such certificates of fitness as are required by this chapter or the rules.
The comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan shall designate an FLS director and deputy FLS directors who shall hold an FLS director certificate of fitness. The FLS director shall have the following duties and responsibilities and such other duties and responsibilities as the commissioner may prescribe by rule:
- The FLS director shall be present in the building at all times during regular business hours. When the FLS director is absent during regular business hours, a deputy FLS director shall be present in the building and shall perform the duties of the FLS director. When a building other than a Group R-1 transient residential building or occupancy is occupied, but the number of building occupants falls below the level requiring the presence of an FLS director, the FLS building evacuation supervisor may perform the duties of the FLS director. The FLS director shall endeavor to ensure that adequate FLS staff is present during regular business hours, and, in the absence of designated staff, shall designate interim FLS staff.
- In the event of a fire, a medical emergency or other non-fire emergency in the building, the FLS director shall report to the fire command center or designated alternative location; implement such fire safety and/or non-fire emergency actions as are warranted by the circumstances, in accordance with the provisions of the comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan, this code and the rules; notify arriving emergency response personnel of the nature of the emergency and the response thereto; and comply with the directions of the emergency response personnel and/or other lawful authority.
- The FLS director designated shall be fully familiar with the provisions of the comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan and shall conduct the FLS staff training and fire and non-fire emergency drills required by FC 401.4.5.2 and 401.7.
FLS staff shall receive initial training in the contents of the comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plan upon their designation as FLS staff. Such training shall familiarize them with:
With the exception of the FLS director, FLS staff shall receive, and participate in, periodic refresher training to maintain their state of readiness.
The duration and frequency of initial and refresher training of FLS staff shall be in accordance with FC Table 401.4.5.2.3.
FC TABLE 401.4.5.2.3 FLS STAFF TRAINING
FC TABLE 401.4.5.2.3 FLS STAFF TRAINING
|FLS STAFF MEMBER||INITIAL TRAINING DURATION||REFRESHER TRAINING DURATION AND FREQUENCY|
|FIRE SAFETY||NON-FIRE EMERGENCY||FIRE SAFETY||NON-FIRE EMERGENCY|
|Deputy FLS directors (all occupancies)||Not applicable||Not applicable||1 hour annually||1 hour semiannually|
|FLS building evacuation supervisors||2 hours||3 hours||1 hour annually||1 hour semiannually|
|All other FLS staff||1 hour||2 hours||1 hour annually||1 hour annually|
FLS staff training sessions shall be provided in the form of live instruction and, if desired, computerized training. At least one-half (1/2) of the FLS staff training sessions required each year shall be in the form of live instruction, which may incorporate video presentations and/or review of other educational materials. The balance of the required training sessions may be conducted in the form of approved computerized training, without live instruction, provided that such computerized training is interactive, and includes an evaluation of the FLS staff members' understanding of the training materials.