Plan Guidelines

 

What needs to be in a Fire Evacuation Plan?


The City of Scottsdale adopted Fire Code requires that a Fire Evacuation Plan contain the following:

  • Emergency egress or escape routes and whether evacuation of the building is to be complete or, where approved, by selected floors or areas only.
  • Procedures for employees who must remain to operate critical equipment before evacuating.
  • A procedure for the accounting of employees and occupants after evacuation has been completed.
  • Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for rescue or emergency medical aid.
  • The preferred and any alternative means of reporting fires and other emergencies to the fire department or designated emergency response organization.
  • Identification and assignment of personnel who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.
  • A description of the emergency voice/alarm communication system, alert tone and preprogrammed voice messages, where provided.

These items also fulfill the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for a Fire Evacuation Plan.  OSHA requires a written plan in workplaces with more than 10 employees. 

This plan will need to be reviewed and updated annually or as necessitated by changes in staff assignments, occupancy, or physical arrangement of the building. 

It should be available in the workplace for reference and review by employees, and copies shall be furnished to the City of Scottsdale Fire Department for review upon request. 

 

What needs to be in a Fire Safety Plan?


The City of Scottsdale adopted Fire Code requires that a Fire Safety Plan contain the following:

  • The procedure for reporting a fire or other emergency.
  • The life safety strategy and procedures for notifying, relocating, or evacuating occupants.

  • Site plans indicating the following:
    • The occupancy assembly point.
    • The location of fire hydrants
    • The normal routes of fire department vehicle access
  • Floor plans identifying the locations of the following:
    • Exits
    • Primary Evacuation routes
    • Secondary evacuation routes
    • Accessible egress routes
    • Areas of refuge
    • Manual fire alarm pull stations
    • Portable fire extinguishers
    • Fire alarm annunciators and controls
  • A list of major fire hazards associated with the normal use and occupancy of the premises, including maintenance and housekeeping procedures.
  • Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance of the systems and equipment installed to prevent or control fires.
  • Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance, housekeeping and controlling fuel hazard sources.

This plan will need to be reviewed and updated annually or as necessitated by changes in staff assignments, occupancy, or physical arrangement of the building. 

It should be available in the workplace for reference and review by employees, and copies shall be furnished to the City of Scottsdale Fire Department for review upon request.


Additional Resources from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Developing a Preparedness Plan & Conducting Emergency Evacuation Drills (pdf/4.3MB/31pp)

High Rise Building Safety


Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide For People with Disabilities  (pdf/791kb/61pp)


If you have any questions about your Fire Evacuation Plan or Fire Safety Plan, or would like the City of Scottsdale Fire Department to come and evaluate your Evacuation Drill please call 480-312-1855.

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