Denver Fire Department: Fire Safety Administrator (FSA) Certification Program
Denver Fire Code 403.13 Facility Manager Certification: “All personnel responsible for facility maintenance, fire safety, emergency procedures, evacuation plans, evacuation drills, employee training and response procedures, hazard communication, resident training, tenant identification, emergency response team formulation and training, hazardous materials management plans, hazardous materials inventory statement, etc. shall complete a Denver Fire Department training course and shall have a current certification by the Denver Fire Department.”
Summary: In 2017, Denver Fire Prevention and the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP) partnered to develop a solution on how to better engage with the business community on preparedness issues within their buildings. Denver Fire needed to create a Certification Program for Facility Managers that meets current Denver Fire Code 403.13 and that would raise the level of preparedness within the City and County of Denver. The intent of this Code is to ensure that every building in the City and County of Denver meets a basic level of emergency preparedness to better protect lives of both the occupants and first responders.
Program Goal: The overarching goal of the Denver Fire Department’s new Fire Safety Administrator (FSA) Certification Program is to help building owners and property managers protect lives and property by pre-planning for possible emergencies. The Certification Program creates a role called Fire Safety Administrator (FSA) within every building. The FSA will be responsible for creating, testing and exercising the building’s emergency plans (the Fire and Life Safety Plan). Each building can select who will be their FSA and Deputy FSA (for example, Facility Manager, Engineer, Safety Director, etc). The FSA will be responsible for leading the building’s internal team that will carry out the emergency plans and will be the primary point of contact for Denver Fire during emergency planning or an actual emergency. They will be expected to pass a certification test.
Benefits of this Program: In addition to its primary purpose of saving lives and property,
• This program will help Building Owners/Property Managers: o Meet NFPA 1600 requirements
o Protect brand and reputational risk by helping buildings respond more quickly
o Save dollars by recovering faster from a disaster
o Attract tenants by being a “Denver Prepared Facility”
o Increase their chances of remaining in business after a disaster
• This program will help first responders: o Have immediate access to critical, emergency information upon arrival on scene
o Reduce response time by getting to the right location within a building more quickly
o Ensure that someone from the building will be knowledgeable about its operations
Recognizing that business preparedness is one of our critical gaps in emergency planning, CEPP already has training developed that meets the intent of this code and Denver Fire relied heavily on CEPP’s expertise to determine what this Certification Program should include. At BOAC’s January meeting, CEPP will discuss this program in detail and will give an overview of what your emergency plans should include.
Pat Williams Bio: Pat is the Executive Director of the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, a nonprofit organization that promotes joint emergency planning between the public, private and philanthropic sectors. CEPP works with private sector companies and local/state emergency managers to determine gaps in emergency planning for Colorado. Once a gap is identified, CEPP hosts trainings and workshops to help plug those gaps. Prior to running CEPP, Pat was the Deputy Director for Denver Emergency Management and is a retired Navy Intelligence Captain.
Tom Davis Bio: Tom is the President of Corporate Emergency Preparedness Solutions (CEPS) a firm that provides Safety, Security and Facilities consultation. CEPS specializes in aiding firms in developing strong end to end response models that deliver world class response for employees, occupants and clients. Tom recently served as the Director of Safety and Security for TIAA and began his career in 3rd party property management as a Regional Chief Engineer and VP of Operations.