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Transcript of Granite Tower
Fire/Life Safety Training
Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package
must be taken seriously, especially if they are specific.
: Be on the lookout for a
tornado in the area.
*Property Management/Tenant relationship changes*
Advantage Security, Inc.
Fire Alarm Activation
A Fire Alarm will sound when one of the following devices is activated:
Fire suppression sprinkler head
Manual pull station
Fire alarm activation will automatically initiate the following:
Horns and strobes will be activated
Automated emergency notification
Building Fire Equipment:
Building pressurization (smoke management) system in
elevator shafts, alarm-and-adjacent floors
Building-wide public address system
Emergency power: The building is equipped with an
r that will supply power to fire/life safety systems:
Fire alarm and detection systems
Smoke management system
Elevators recall to first floor for fire personnel
Fire Alarm System
Activation of a fire-alarm-initiating device will sound the alarm on:
The originating floor
The floor below
The floor above
Movement out of the building to a safe area a sufficient distance (300 feet) from the building.
Gather at (tenant specific location) send runner to report to Building Management (Curtis between 20th & 21st, just past the Post Office).
GET OUT -
DON'T CALL BUILDING STAFF WITH QUESTIONS
Evacuation is accomplished with:
Floor/tenant wardens (and alternates). 1:25 ratio
Buddies (and alternates).
Other positions as determined by wardens.
Evacuees exit using both sides of the stairwells, always traveling down.
Running and talking are not permitted.
HANDS SHOULD BE EMPTY. No phones, food, beverages, etc.
Be familiar with Emergency Plan, exits, fire-fighting equipment, etc.
Maintain a current list of persons needing assistance and their location. Assign Buddies.
Select alternate warden(s) and advise them of your absence.
Attend training sessions; train your people.
When you hear an alarm:
Direct personnel to evacuate using
Verify that Buddies are aiding those who need assistance.
Ensure an orderly, expedient, and safe evacuation.
Notify emergency personnel of injuries, smoke in stairwells, or other hazards.
Follow the building's tenant accountability procedure.
Persons Requiring Assistance
Persons requiring assistance should be aided in evacuating last or left in the safe shelter area under the supervision of a buddy.
Emergency personnel will effect a rescue if necessary and when it is safe to do so.
If you discover a fire:
Leave area immediately. Close doors and advise others of the danger.
Activate alarm using manual pull station on your way out.
Call 911 and property management to notify of fire's location.
Use a fire extinguisher to fight the fire ONLY IF:
Do not return to building until all-clear is called.
User is properly trained.
Fire is small enough to be contained.
An escape route is available.
- Pull the pin
Other Important Things to Remember:
Treat doors with caution.
If warm or hot, use another route. Call 911 to report.
If normal temperature, open with care.
If you are trapped:
Close doors between you and the fire.
Seal off cracks and other openings.
Call 911 and alert them to your location.
Wait to be rescued and REMAIN CALM.
If you are trapped in an elevator:
Call the elevator company using the telephone in the elevator.
Remain calm until help arrives. Sitting on the floor while waiting will help.
DO NOT try to force the doors open.
Never attempt to leave an elevator that is stuck between floors unless instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
In the event of a power failure, emergency generator retrieves elevators to main floor.
: Funnel has been spotted in the area.
How do you receive notifications?
Move away from the building perimeter and exterior glass.
Take shelter in an area toward the middle of the building, such as elevator lobbies, stairwells, or restrooms.
Do not go to first floor lobby or outside the building.
Wait for verification that the danger has passed.
Get under a desk or other heavy object.
Do not try to exit the building. Stairways and other parts of the building may be damaged and inaccessible.
Power may fail. Water lines, gas lines etc. may break.
Don't be surprised if you feel more than one shock.
Follow checklist in Emergency Action Plan -
. (keep near phone).
NOT an automatic evacuation - don't sound alarm.
Call 911 and building management.
Be prepared to assist in search.
may represent an imminent threat.
May be mailed, delivered by courier, or planted.
Do not handle.
Call 911 and keep a safe distance.
Call 911 and report that you have a medical emergency.
Provide information as prompted by the dispatcher.
Perform first aid/CPR to your level of training.
Improve paramedic response time by:
Notifying property management of the emergency.
Assigning someone to meet responders at elevator.
Don't live with unsafe conditions
Space heaters are not allowed in the building.
Turn off coffee pots at night.
Do not obstruct sprinkler heads or other building safety features.
Ensure clear doorways and exit corridors.
Avoid overloading circuits, extension cords, etc.
A key to staying safe when an active shooter is nearby is
PAY ATTENTION TO EXITS. Identify the
nearest exits. The way you entered may no longer be safe.
MAKE A PLAN. Decide ahead of time what actions you could take. Play "what if?" games.
ACT DECISIVELY. If what you hear
be gunshots, don't hesitate.
When Law Enforcement arrives, keep calm, raise hands, don’t make sudden movements. Follow instructions.
Try to remember details to report to 911: location, description, weapons, potential victims, etc.
Consider business continuity. You may not have access to your office, computers, car, electronics, etc. for several days or weeks.
We recommend taking the “Active Shooter: What You Can Do” course (
Course Code IS-907
) which is part of FEMA’s free Independent Study Program found at (
Other excellent sources include the Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov). Also Houston Police’s
Run, Hide, Fight
video and L.A. County Sheriff Dept’s
Surviving an Active Shooter
, both accessible on YouTube.
Photo Luminescence in stairwells
High-Rise Building Fires:
In 2009-2013, there were an average of 14,500 reported structure fires in high-rise buildings per year and associated losses of 40 civilian deaths.
National Fire Protection Association