Floor Warden & ERT lesson plan topics

The following topics are covered as part of the lesson plan for Floor Warden / Emergency Response Team Training (ERT). (Please refer to the Certifications & Training page for additional information)

Floor Warden / ERT Responsibilities

” I have used Eli to teach several Floor Warden training classes for our downtown 22 story commercial hi-rise property for our tenants for years. On top of the class being highly educational, Eli keeps the class entertained and involved with his great personality and stories. I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIM ENOUGH!! ” – Sean P. Endeavor Real Estate Group

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
  • Mobility Impaired occupants (sheltering in stairwells)

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, while slowly moving in.
  • A-B-C – Classes of fires that can be extinguished.
  • Discharge time?
  • Draping a Fire Blanket over the fire as an additional option

Fire Drills

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

Sprinkler Systems

        No. 1 Reliable 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 !

  • 70% of AFD’s response are Medical Emergencies
  • 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

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:
  • Assembly Area(s)
  • Elevator emergencies
  • 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 in the event of a fire
  • Having a meeting place