Local Law 26 of 2004 required that the Fire Commissioner adopt standards, procedures and requirements for the orderly evacuation of occupants from any office building, including evacuation of persons necessitated by explosion, biological, chemical or hazardous material incidents or releases, natural disasters or other emergency, or the threat thereof.
The Fire Department rule setting forth these standards, procedures and requirements was promulgated on April 6, 2006 as 3 RCNY §6-02, “Office Building Emergency Action Plans”. The rule requires the designation of a Fire Safety/Emergency Action Plan Director and sets forth the minimum qualifications for such director, including a requirement to successfully complete at least a seven-hour training course approved by the Department and offered by an educational institution or other organization accredited by the Department.
The Fire Department is now promulgating a rule setting forth minimum instructional and administration requirements for Fire Department accreditation of courses taught by educational institutions to qualify students for the Fire Safety/EAP Director Certificate of Fitness to be issued by the Department.
On June 13, 2006 the Department held a public hearing on the proposed rule. The final rule that is being promulgated responds to public comments in various respects, as set forth in the Statement of Basis and Purpose.