Presentation on theme: "School Safety: The Fire Marshals Perspective. School Safety Traditionally focused on: Fires Weather Hazardous Materials Child protection The New Threats."— Presentation transcript:
School Safety: The Fire Marshals Perspective
School Safety Traditionally focused on: Fires Weather Hazardous Materials Child protection The New Threats Facing Our Schools Intruders Active Shooters Crimes of destruction
Fire Protection and Egress Schools have been built to provide: Unobstructed and free egress/ingress Fire alarms and drills are now imbedded and habit Automatic fire suppression is rarely required Open floor plans with no sheltering component Limited fire separation control; An Evacuation Concept to Safety.
Todays Challenges Lock Down – Shelter in Place Locking of entry points Maintaining free egress Sheltering in an unprotected building Outdated Fire Safety Codes for schools We are expecting schools to function like health care or detention type occupancies Retro-Fitting Budget On-site evaluation of each school- Time consuming
Louisianas Response One Day Summit Attended by stake holders Identified three areas of concern Codes Technology Response Created a memo on existing locking requirements
Codes Clearly a need to respond to the overwhelming requests for special locking OSFM issued an interpretative memo on locking Smaller fire compartments, automatic fire suppression and fire detection Staff to have more technical training Mini- First Responders
Codes (Cont.) Locking of Doors Free Egress Delayed-Egress Locks Access-Controlled Egress Doors Electric Strikes Magnetic Lock Releasing Devices Special Locking Arrangements that allows a second action (Existing)
Technology Real-Time surveillance on buildings Far beyond cameras Smoke/Heat detection Panic buttons Virtual notifications to responders Integration to conventional fire alarm panels Determining response- Evacuate or Shelter Direct communications with responders
Response Our plan is to encourage local collaborations Fire service should work with local law enforcement to ensure a seat at the table State passed law requiring local planning Consider modifying pre-fire planning to expand into new threats
Balance Codes and Procedures Prevent and mitigate threats to our children Maintain fire safety and egress Ensure safety and security from threats Coordinate and build partnerships Life safety must be protected from all threats, not just active shooter.
National Assn. of State Fire Marshals Created an active committee to begin representing school fire safety issues nationally Providing information to states Working with the code committees to require heavy fire protection systems new construction Lead technology advancements
RESPONSE: Marshal Ed Paulk Pre-Incident Response Incident Response Post Incident/Investigation COLABORATION
ADDITIONAL RESCOURCES: Marshal Ray Reynolds School Safety Advisory Committee Response Flip Chart Controlling the White Noise