The following topics are covered as part of the lesson plan for Floor Warden / Emergency Response Team Training

Floor Warden / ERT Responsibilities

Large and in Charge !
  • Causes of Workplace fires
  • Assigning Floor Wardens
  • Alternate Floor Wardens
  • When to evacuate
  • When not to evacuate
  • Where to evacuate to
  • Accountability of personnel
  • Assembly Area(s)

Pull Stations

      Pull, Don’t Push – REMAIN CALM
  • PULL and CALL 911
  • Assigning ONLY one person to call Management
  • Location of Pull Stations
  • What occurs when it is activated
  • Floor sequence activation

Smoke Alarms

        BE ALARMED !!

The cheapest “Life Insurance” you can buy !

  • Behavior of Smoke
  • GET LOW and GO !
  • Maintaining a Smoke Alarm
  • Placement of Smoke Alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide – the silent killer
  • The Fire Triangle


        When in doubt –  GET OUT !!
  • Always have TWO ways out
  • Knowing location of Stairwells
  • Stairwell Monitors
  • Pressurized Stairwells
  • Keeping all exit areas clear
  • Most heavily constructed part of any building

Fire Extinguishers

        Using one as easy as ABC
  • When to fight or get out of Sight !
  • Knowing where Fire Extinguishers are located
  • Stay low with your back to an Exit
  • Call  911 – Get help on the way
  • P  ull the pin
  • A  im it at the base of the fire
  • S  queeze the handle
  • S  weep from side to side, moving in
  • A-B-C – Classes of fires that can be extinguished
  • Discharge time ?

Fire Drills

         No time to Chill during a Fire Drill
  • Considering informing Floor Wardens of date & time of the Fire Drill
  • Evaluating a Fire Drill
  • NEVER use an elevator
  • Getting the Fire Department involved
  • Locating your Assembly Area(s)
  • Assembly Area Warden and Chief Floor Warden
  • 3/1 Rule for the time it should take to evacuate a building

Sprinkler Systems

        No. 1  Occupancy Fire Suppression feature
  • Temperature required for activation
  • Required gallons per minute flow
  • Sequence of activation
  • Alarm activation upon sprinklers discharging
  • Standpipe systems

Medical Emergencies - Arrive Alive

  • Call 911 with the exact location and post someone in front to flag down responding units
  • Escorting First Responders to the patient
  • Locating an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Having and knowing locations of a First Aid kit(s)
  • Staying on the phone with the 911 operator
  • Organizing a Medical Response Team
  • 70% of AFD’s response are Medical Emergencies

Weather Emergencies

  • Where to go if a Tornado strike is imminent
  • Seeking shelter in stairwells and bathrooms, away from open areas and windows in the event of a tornado
  • Sheltering in Place
  • Severe weather precautions
  • Turn around, Don’t drown

Other Emergencies

       Covered by the lesson plan
  • Elevator emergencies – The Up’s and Down’s
  • Building Fire Safety features
  • Bomb Threat
  • Power Failure
  • Mobility Impaired Occupants

Home Fire Safety

80% of fires occur at home – most happen at night
  • The TWO WAYS  to survive a house fire
  • Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H)
  • Maintaining Smoke Alarms
  • Placement of Smoke Alarms
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors
  • Encapsulating yourself in your room as a last resort
  • Having a meeting place