A practical test of knowledge gained during the FSD course,
specific to the building you're intending to become a fire safety director
of. It includes both a verbal exam and demonstration of various life
safety equipment. Passing is 70% and you must pass all
mandatory life safety questions.
Part 1 requires you communicate in English over the
phone and show that you can see well enough to serve as FSD (corrective
devices are allowed for both hearing and seeing.)
Part 2 tests knowledge of fire emergencies, and how
you will train floor wardens.
Part 3 tests fire emergencies and site-specific
Part 4 tests building and fire-based scenarios of
your building, and thorough practical operation of the fire command
What does in include?
Potentially everything you've learned, plus
all the documentation required to be in the building.
Show me the OS&Y valves controlling the
When was the last fire drill was held?
If there's smoke source on the 15th
floor, which other floors would you expect to find smoke?
What hours is a FSD normally required to
be on duty in this building?
Where is the FDNY box that the alarm box
runner will go to?
Show me the floor plans and master keys
for the 29th floor.
When were the fire extinguishers last inspected
or serviced? Let's look at one on the 7th
Is stairway "C" a scissors or return stairway?
While on duty you receive a phone report
of a smell of smoke on the 19th floor. What should you
Can I refer to documentation during the on-site
It depends on the question. You
should know information where the OS&Y valves are, spare sprinkler heads,
master keys, etc., but you don't have to remember information which is
required to be documented -- date of fire drills, air conditioning floor
diagrams, etc. All required documentation must be present, otherwise
you receive an automatic failure, and
violations will be issued to the building.
What should be kept at the Fire Command Station?
Fire drill records
Firemen’s service elevator test records.
Fire Safety Plan approved by the FDNY
Building floor plans
Current list of all floor wardens, with room and phone numbers
Master keys (and window keys if applicable)
What Fire Safety Directors should be familiar with:
Where is your position during a fire drill/emergency?
What are the notification procedures?
Where are the alarm boxes?
Where is the evacuation location?
What are your evacuation procedures?
How many exits on the floor?
What are the duties of Deputy Fire Warden?
How do you reset the Fire Alarm Panel?
What kind of sprinkler system do you have (combination, fully sprinklered automatic,
If system is out of order, what should you do?
Location of valves on each floor; valves for more than one floor.
Example question: You are the Fire Safety Director of the building,
and you receive notice at 11:50 AM on a Wednesday that an fire has been
reported on the 5th floor. Explain
the steps of actions that must be taken.
Report to the Fire Command Station
Check the board status.
Notify Fire Department.
Send the runner to alarm box.
Get on the PA system to contact Fire Warden on floor of fire and the floor
Activate fire brigade.
Ensure elevators recall.
Evacuate the fire floor and the floor above.
Keep lobby clear and entrance doors unlocked.
Instruct Fire wardens to relocate in a safe area. (Outside approx. 50
ft from bldg)
Record all information.
Examples of Information You Must Have For
Your Building (This information is fictitious, butshows some of what you
need. You should also read
the applicable sample
fire safety plans for office buildings or hotels/motels
Air Conditioning and Heating
Air Conditioning System
Centrifugal units in room 192.
Ductwork through floors are equipped with fire/smoke dampers.
Following floors fed by same air handlers
Steam & hot water fed from boiler plant through room 152
Primary: Con Ed power enters building in room 129.
Auxiliary: diesel-powered generator located in room 125
Building is fully sprinklered, automatic, and a combination system.
Three Siamese connections are on the outer perimeter of the building:
North side facing Unconventional St.
East end loading dock facing Esoteric St.
West facing Mundane St.
Primary source of water is city main
Main city shut-off valves are in room 189
There are three (3) ball drip & check valves located in rooms 115, 167 &
Room 189 (fire pump room) also contains:
Two city main sources for water for fire system and domestic use
Main shut off valves
Box with six sprinkler heads and wrench.
Main shut off valve for sprinkler system exit ‘E’ standpipe 1st
floor exit ‘E’
Riser located in stairway G
Control valves located in stairway G, floors 3 and 14