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The FDNY Fire Safety Director On-site Test

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bulletWhat is the on-site test?
bullet 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.
bulletPart 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.)
bulletPart 2 tests knowledge of fire emergencies, and how you will train floor wardens.
bulletPart 3 tests fire emergencies and site-specific building information.
bulletPart 4 tests building and fire-based scenarios of your building, and thorough practical operation of the fire command station.
bulletWhat does in include?
bulletPotentially everything you've learned, plus all the documentation required to be in the building.
bulletShow me the OS&Y valves controlling the standpipes.
bulletWhen was the last fire drill was held?
bulletIf there's smoke source on the 15th floor, which other floors would you expect to find smoke?
bulletWhat hours is a FSD normally required to be on duty in this building?
bulletWhere is the FDNY box that the alarm box runner will go to?
bulletShow me the floor plans and master keys for the 29th floor.
bulletWhen were the fire extinguishers last inspected or serviced?  Let's look at one on the 7th floor.
bulletIs stairway "C" a scissors or return stairway?
bulletWhile on duty you receive a phone report of a smell of smoke on the 19th floor.  What should you do?
bulletCan I refer to documentation during the on-site test?
bulletIt 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.
bulletWhat should be kept at the Fire Command Station?
bulletFire drill records
bulletFiremen’s service elevator test records.
bulletKeys (2642)
bulletFire Safety Plan approved by the FDNY
bulletBuilding floor plans
bulletCurrent list of all floor wardens, with room and phone numbers
bulletMaster keys (and window keys if applicable)
bulletWhat Fire Safety Directors should be familiar with:
bulletWhere is your position during a fire drill/emergency?
bulletWhat are the notification procedures?
bulletWhere are the alarm boxes?
bulletWhere is the evacuation location?
bulletWhat are your evacuation procedures?
bulletHow many exits on the floor?
bulletWhat are the duties of Deputy Fire Warden?
bulletHow do you reset the Fire Alarm Panel?
bulletWhat kind of sprinkler system do you have (combination, fully sprinklered automatic, or non-automatic)?
bulletIf system is out of order, what should you do?
bulletLocation 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.

bulletReport to the Fire Command Station
bulletCheck the board status.
bulletNotify Fire Department.
bulletSend the runner to alarm box.
bulletGet on the PA system to contact Fire Warden on floor of fire and the floor above.
bulletActivate fire brigade.
bulletEnsure elevators recall.
bulletEvacuate the fire floor and the floor above.
bulletKeep lobby clear and entrance doors unlocked.
bulletInstruct Fire wardens to relocate in a safe area. (Outside approx. 50 ft from bldg)
bulletRecord all information.

Examples of Information You Must Have For Your Building
(This information is fictitious, but shows some of what you need. 
You should also read the applicable sample fire safety plans for office buildings or hotels/motels )

bulletAir Conditioning and Heating
bulletAir Conditioning System 
bulletCentrifugal units in room 192.
bulletDuctwork through floors are equipped with fire/smoke dampers.
bulletFollowing floors fed by same air handlers
bulletHeating System:
bulletSteam & hot water fed from boiler plant through room 152
bulletPrimary: Con Ed power enters building in room 129.
bulletAuxiliary: diesel-powered generator located in room 125
bulletSprinkler System:
bulletBuilding is fully sprinklered, automatic, and a combination system.
bulletThree Siamese connections are on the outer perimeter of the building:
bulletNorth side facing Unconventional St.
bulletEast end loading dock facing Esoteric St.
bulletWest facing Mundane St.
bulletPrimary source of water is city main
bulletMain city shut-off valves are in room 189
bulletThere are three (3) ball drip & check valves located in rooms 115, 167 & 189
bulletRoom 189 (fire pump room) also contains:
bulletFire pump
bulletJockey pump
bulletTwo city main sources for water for fire system and domestic use
bulletMain shut off valves
bulletBox with six sprinkler heads and wrench.
bulletMain shut off valve for sprinkler system exit ‘E’ standpipe 1st floor exit ‘E’
bulletStandpipe system:
bulletRiser located in stairway G
bulletControl valves located in stairway G, floors 3 and 14
bullet5 Elevators (3 Passenger cars service floors 1-6)
bulletFreight service floors 1-6.
bulletMain shut off switch on the roof.
bullet1 Handicap services floors 2 & 3.
bulletSwitch in room 192
bulletHydraulic main shut off switch is in room 198
bulletElevator machinery room is room 168
bulletEast end loading dock facing Esoteric St.
bulletWest facing Mundane St.
bulletMain source of power
bulletCon-Edison power enters building via room 129
bulletBack up generator room 125
bulletStairs A- H (8) re-entry on all floors
bulletAccess stairs C&D (2)

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