Assisting HFD With High-rise Building Survey

Assisting HFD With High-rise Building Survey The high-rise survey is one of the most crucial pieces of the puzzle that Building Management, Building Engineers, Fire Safety Directors, and or General Contractors can fill out to assist the Houston Fire Department in preparing for an emergency. This beneficial information helps fire suppression crews see the whole …

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Conducting Fire Drills During COVID-19 Crisis

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, high-rise and midrise buildings requiring fire drills will be allowed to use alternative methods for conducting the fire drills. Fire drills should remain at the forefront of individuals’ minds to ensure they follow their building’s evacuation procedures should there be a fire emergency. Per the City of …

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Fire Marshal Inspections for High-rise Buildings During COVID-19 Crisis.

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 crisis, the Fire Marshal’s Office High-rise and Fire Life Safety Team is requiring that no more than two people walk with the Fire Inspector during a fire inspection. Preferable only one person should walk with the inspector.  All State and CDC guidelines should be followed during the inspection.  …

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The Fire Command Center

Fire Command Center The Fire Command Center also known as the Fire Command Room, Central Control Station or Emergency Control Center is the epicenter for Incident Command during an emergency within a high-rise building. The fire code defines the Fire Command Center as “The principal attended or unattended location where the status of detection, alarm …

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Setting Up Your Fire Depository Box for HFD

Fire Depository Box The Fire Depository Box is a key element in a high-rise building’s Fire Command Center and one of the first items Incident Command seeks. In this post, we will do a quick review of HFD’s Life Safety Bureau’s Standard 6 – Fire Depository Boxes. Fire depository boxes supply the fire department with …

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Partial Occupancy of High-rise Buildings

The City of Houston is continuing to grow, and more high-rise buildings are being added to the skyline yearly. To make sure new high-rise buildings meet fire code requirements and allow for effective emergency response, we have put together a prerequisite checklist for partial occupancy of high-rise buildings. If you have a high-rise building and …

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