On-duty fire watch personnel shall have the following responsibilities:
- Keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to means of egress and other hazards.
- Take prompt measures for remediation of hazards and extinguishment of fires that occur.
- Take prompt measures to assist in the evacuation of the public from the structures.
Where the fire code official determines that an indoor or outdoor gathering of persons has an adverse impact on public safety through diminished access to buildings, structures, fire hydrants and fire apparatus access roads or where such gatherings adversely affect public safety services of any kind, the fire code official shall have the authority to order the development of or prescribe a public safety plan that provides an approved level of public safety and addresses the following items:
- Emergency vehicle ingress and egress.
- Fire protection.
- Emergency egress or escape routes.
- Emergency medical services.
- Public assembly areas.
- The directing of both attendees and vehicles, including the parking of vehicles.
- Vendor and food concession distribution.
- The need for the presence of law enforcement.
- The need for fire and emergency medical services personnel.
The minimum number of crowd managers shall be established at a ratio of one crowd manager for every 250 persons.
Exception: Where approved by the fire code official, the number of crowd managers shall be permitted to be reduced where the facility is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system or based upon the nature of the event.
The duties of crowd managers shall include, but not be limited to:
- Conduct an inspection of the area of responsibility and identify and address any egress barriers.
- Conduct an inspection of the area of responsibility to identify and mitigate any fire hazards.
- Verify compliance with all permit conditions, including those governing pyrotechnics and other special effects.
- Direct and assist the event attendees in evacuation during an emergency.
- Assist emergency response personnel where requested.
- Other duties required by the fire code official.
- Other duties as specified in the fire safety plan.
- During an emergency, call 911 or designate someone to place the call; report to the building's emergency assistance center; direct evacuation operations in the building including disabled personnel in the designated refuge or rescue locations who have identified the need for assistance; and report the current conditions to the Fire Department.
- Conduct monthly building safety inspections to identify hazards and obstructions in the egress pathways.
- Develop procedures for implementation of the emergency plan and direct emergency evacuations and drills.
- Assign wardens for each floor, selected from the occupants on that floor.
- Incorporate private first responders for each occupied floor if identified by the emergency plan.
- Know the locations of all exits leading from occupied areas of the building and carry out the requirements in the emergency plan.
- Direct emergency evacuations and drills for their respective assigned floors in accordance with the emergency plan.
- Know the location of all exits leading from occupied areas and carry out the requirements in the emergency plan.
- Assist the floor wardens in the emergency evacuations and drills in accordance to the emergency plan.
- Assist the fire safety director during emergency evacuation operations in accordance with the emergency plan.
- Assist the Fire Department and other emergency responders during emergency operations as described in the emergency plan.