Consultations & Fire Classes


When it comes to fires, it’s not enough to hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst. There are many hidden assumptions between fire department personnel and management employees during a fire and other emergencies. The risk of being unprepared can be devastating. Buildings need to have properly trained management personnel in charge of procedures and specific responsibilities until the fire department arrives. Management employees should also be properly trained to assist the fire department with information about the buildings’ fire and life safety systems. Inspector Deal can share information that he has learned studying fire history for 32 years, so you can better train your staff and be better prepared. The risks are too great to settle for mediocrity.

Some of the topics we will be discussing during the consultation, time permitting:

  1. Fire Plan approval or Basic fire information explanation and distribution
  2. Evacuation location inside and outside of the building
  3. Building fire and life safety equipment
  4. Additional training for employees
  5. Answering service training
  6. Fire department, management, and tenant mistakes that resulted in 6 deaths in a Chicago high-rise in 2003
  7. How to prevent most devastating fires and criminal negligence manslaughter charges
  8. The responsibility, accountability, penalties and fines assessed to building owners and managers who lack required safety features and proper fire plans
  9. Life safety Bureau Standard – LSB #2 Testing and maintenance of fire and life safety equipment
  10. New, approved building problems and oversights that were missed during construction
  11. Emergency generator and transfer switches
  12. Space heaters and candles
  13. Pre-fire planning
  14. Stairwell locks, every 5th floor and top floor reentry
  15. Retroactive Sprinkler ordinance
  16. LSB # 11 roofing operations
  17. “Burning Issues” letter from the Fire Marshal
  18. False alarm prevention recommendations in detail
  19. False alarm ordinance
  20. LSB # 7 fire plan approval & fire plan
  21. Defend in place strategy – Where to evacuate and how many floors
  22. Responsibilities and dangers for Staff responding to fires and fire alarm
  23. Elevator
    • Use during fire and fire alarms
    • Rescue
    • Operating permit
    • Inspection oversights
    • 20 second door close feature
    • Recommendations
    • Illegal elevator signs
    • Monthly tests
    • Independent service test
  24. Fire depository box and 13 new elevator laws
  25. High-rise surveys
  26. Mobility Impaired list
  27. Pubic address instructions
  28. Fire alarm recording
  29. Recommendations from District Chief’s
  30. Management priorities in the event or a fire or fire alarm
  31. The 12 documents the fire department may ask from the building managers and/or fire safety director shortly after a devastating fire
  32. Six most important things management does in the beginning of a fire and fire alarm

Basic High-rise and Midrise Atrium Certification Classes and Basic Fire Information Session

Only properly trained people react appropriately during a fire alarm, a fire or elevator entrapment. People that are not properly trained, many times indirectly cause disastrous disasters. What to do is not that complicated and will be explained in the fire classes. We will also design and teach fire classes to meet your application.

Some of the topics that may be discussed, time allowing:

  1. Importance of an approved plan or appropriate basic fire information document
  2. Distribution of fire plan or document
  3. Is training transferable from building to building
  4. Good laws come from very bad fires
  5. Pre-fire planning, fire prevention and proper training is the key
  6. We should prepare for the worst (Murphy’s Law Fire) and then hope for the best
  7. Normal people react inappropriately during fire emergencies
  8. Why people panic
  9. What helps people to stay calm during emergencies
  10. Some of the basic building Safety Features discussed:
    • Stairwells
    • Re-entry
    • Roof access
    • Helicopter rescue
    • Stair – travel
    • Fire rated floor separation
    • Evacuation
    • Pressurized stairs
    • Fire alarm systems
    • Pre- recorded messages
    • Monitoring service
    • P.A. systems
    • Fire fighter telephones
    • Emergency generator
    • Sprinkler systems
  11. Elevators
    • Three Types of Services
    • Auto-recall
    • Fire Service Phase I & Phase II
    • Independent
  12. Elevator Entrapments & Rescue
  13. The effectiveness of sprinkler systems
  14. Chicago Loop Administration Building Fire mess ups
  15. The dynamics of fire
  16. Reporting all fires
    • Even small ones
    • Even if extinguished
    • Re-kindles
  17. False alarms
  18. How dangerous are high-rise buildings
  19. Biggest Killers
    • Delay of alarm
    • How normal people react
  20. Who burns up buildings—not on purpose
  21. The preconceived punishment for calling the fire department
  22. Panic
    • People jumping out of windows
  23. Case history of delay of alarms
  24. How dangerous are hotels
  25. Sample fire plan notes
  26. Priorities in the event of a fire or fire alarm for management employees
  27. Fire Hose & Fire Extinguishers
    • The dangers of fighting fire
    • How big a fire will a fire extinguisher will put out
    • How many people are injured fighting stove top fires
  28. Home fire safety
  29. Smoke detectors
  30. Who will rescue you and your loved ones tonight?
  31. Will the fire department get there in time to rescue you?
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