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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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a description of the building and building systems;

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

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the location and use of means of egress;

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

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non-fire emergency procedures.

 

The 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 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 rule.  Appendix B to the 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.

 

Public Comment

 

Public comment was received requesting clarification of the reference in 401-07(b)(2) to “all types of non-fire emergencies.”  The provision has been revised to reference the non-fire emergencies identified in 401-07(a).

 

Public comment was received requesting that 401-07(d)(3) be revised to make clear that drill participants are being instructed to activate manual pull stations during an actual fire or smoke condition, not during the drill.  The provision has been revised accordingly.  The fire alarm system is commonly activated from the fire command center to announce the drill and to educate building occupants as to the meaning of the different alarm tones.

 

A similar comment was received with respect to use of warden phones during a drill.  Drill instructors may instruct floor wardens or other emergency preparedness staff during the drill to use the warden phones to familiarize them with the phones’ operation, but are not required to do so.

 

The entire 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.

Effective Date: 
Tue, 01/01/2019

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

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, September 17, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

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.

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Location: 
Fire Department Auditorium
9 Metro Tech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: 

No contact

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

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

Background

 

Since 2000, New York City has required apartment building owners to print and distribute residential fire safety guides to apartment building residents and building staff, and to post fire safety notices on the inside of dwelling unit entrance doors and in building lobbies.  The purpose of these fire safety guides and notices is to:

 

·      promote fire safety and fire prevention in apartment buildings;

·      educate residents and building staff about the design and construction of their building, including construction type, fire protection systems and means of egress; and

·      outline emergency procedures to assist them in the event that they are confronted by a fire and need to determine what action to take to protect themselves and their families.

 

The format, content, distribution and posting requirements for the fire safety guide and notices were incorporated into the 2008 Fire Code (in FC408.9) and in Fire Department rule 3 RCNY §408‑02, which the proposed rule would amend.

 

New Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guide

 

The 2014 Fire Code comprehensively revised Chapter 4, which governs emergency planning and preparedness, and moved the fire safety guide and notice requirements to FC401.6.  The 2014 Fire Code expanded the scope of the guide to encompass non-fire emergencies, such as medical emergencies, severe weather emergencies, power outages, hazardous materials releases, and terrorism-related incidents.

 

This proposed rule would implement the 2014 Fire Code by replacing the existing Fire Safety Guide with a new Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guide (“FEP Guide”) entitled “New York City Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide” (Appendix 1 to the renumbered §401‑06). Like its predecessor, the proposed FEP Guide consists of two parts. Part I is the Building Information Section, a form completed by the owner for each building indicating the building’s construction, fire protection systems, means of egress and other information specific to the building for which it is prepared.  The proposed rule would not substantially change the existing content requirements for this obligation, except to require the owner to indicate whether there is an emergency voice communication system in the building.

 

Part II of the FEP Guide is designed to educate all building occupants about ways to prepare for emergencies, prevent fires, and protect themselves from various fire and non-fire emergencies.  In addition, the FEP Guide emphasizes emergency preparedness planning for persons with functional or access needs who will need assistance if they must evacuate the building in an emergency.  During most non-fire emergencies, the elevator is available to evacuate persons unable to walk down stairs without assistance, and in modern buildings of non‑combustible construction, all residents are generally advised to shelter in place during the fire.  The Guide explains the importance of developing an individualized evacuation plan and a network of supports who can assist persons with functional or access needs in the event of an emergency in which they need to evacuate and they cannot use the elevator, such as in the case of a fire in their apartment.

 

Revised FEP Guide Distribution Requirements

 

Currently, the Fire Safety Guide must be provided to apartment building residents at time of occupancy (when they first move into the building) and must be distributed again every year.  The Fire Department proposes to require distribution of the new FEP Guide at time of occupancy and again as part of a building-wide distribution every three years.  During the off-years, the proposed rule would require building owners to distribute a short informational bulletin (4 pages or less), which would be used to highlight and reinforce an important, timely fire safety or other emergency preparedness message.  This would take advantage of an opportunity to communicate lessons learned or other message when the issue is fresh in the public’s mind because of a recent fire or other incident. The informational bulletin will remind apartment building residents to familiarize themselves with the contents of the FEP Guide and advise them on how to obtain a copy if they have not received one.

 

Additionally, the Fire Department proposes to authorize electronic distribution of the FEP Guide (by email or other form of electronic transmission) to apartment residents and building staff.  This would encourage development of electronic communications between owners and residents that can be used for other emergency preparedness communications and in actual emergencies.

 

Other Considerations

 

The proposed rule would not change the fire safety notices (Appendix 2 to the renumbered §401‑06) that building owners are required to post.

 

Text proposed to be deleted is [bracketed].  New text is underlined.

 

The underlining of words highlighted in green does not indicate a text change, but rather that the text of the existing rule is underlined.  The green highlighting indicates that the underlining should be retained in the publication of the final rule.

 

The underlining of words highlighted in blue indicates new text is being added to the rule.  The blue highlighting indicates that the underlining should be retained in the publication of the final 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.

Subject: 

FDNY Proposed Promulgation of Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guides and Notices

Location: 
Fire Department Auditorium
9 MetroTech Ctr
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: 

No contact

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