3 RCNY 401-07 Fire And Non-Fire Emergency Drills

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:3)

Comment By: 
Monday, September 17, 2018


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


The Fire Department proposes to adopt a new rule, 3 RCNY §401-07, to establish standards, requirements and procedures for the conduct of fire drills and non-fire emergency drills.


The proposed rule applies to office buildings, hotels and all other Group B and Group R-1 occupancies required by the 2014 Fire Code to have an emergency preparedness plan and a Fire and Life Safety (FLS) director (or a Fire Safety Director transitioning to an FLS director), and in all homeless shelters similarly required to have an FLS director or a Fire and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.  The Fire Department encourages voluntary compliance with this rule in other occupancies conducting fire and/or other emergency preparedness drills.


The proposed rule outlines the critical information that needs to be communicated during these drills. The Department’s goal is to ensure that these drills effectively communicate important public safety information about fire and non-fire emergencies in a manner meaningful to building occupants.


The proposed rule also requires that persons conducting fire drills or non-fire emergency drills possess a Fire Department Certificate of Fitness.


The proposed rule details the location of the presentation and effective presentation techniques, including use of visual enhancements, and lessons learned from actual emergency incidents.  The proposed rule also provides drill presentation requirements including:


·        the importance of calling 911 and notifying building emergency preparedness staff;

·        a description of the building and building systems;

·        a description of the fire alarm system, methods of notification and announcements, operation of manual pull stations, and use of warden phones;

·        the location and use of means of egress;

·        fire emergency procedures in buildings of combustible construction and noncombustible construction; and

·        non-fire emergency procedures.


The proposed rule is intended to promote the participation in drills of persons with disabilities or other functional needs, who will need assistance in evacuation or in-building relocation, and to require that the information be communicated to them in some other manner if they cannot participate.  It requires that the drills address issues relating to people who will need assistance, including encouraging such persons to establish a network of supports, by identifying themselves in accordance with building emergency preparedness procedures to make building emergency preparedness staff aware of their needs, and by introducing themselves to co‑workers willing and able to provide assistance in a fire or non-fire emergency.


Appendix A to the proposed rule provides medical emergency procedures designed to help expedite the aid provided by emergency responders on scene.  An owner must implement the medical emergency procedures set forth in this proposed rule.  Appendix B to the proposed rule provides active shooter emergency procedures recommended by the Fire Department, which it developed with the New York City Police Department. While an owner may develop and implement its own active shooter procedures to reflect the specific conditions in its building or occupancy, the Fire Department recommends the procedures set forth in Appendix B as the appropriate training to provide building occupants in the typical building or occupancy.


The entire proposed rule is underlined, indicating that it is a new rule.


“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 11:00am

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