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Emergency Response Planning and BIM February 18, 2009 Greg Jakubowski, P.E., CSP, FSFPE Principal - Fire Planning Associates, Inc.

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1 Emergency Response Planning and BIM February 18, 2009 Greg Jakubowski, P.E., CSP, FSFPE Principal - Fire Planning Associates, Inc

2 Objective Emergency Responders practice the one profession where the workers are generally unfamiliar with the work environment. They race into atmospheres that are likely to be immediately dangerous to life and health with minimal knowledge about the structure, building, layout, hazards or protection features present. To be most effective, with the highest level of safety, they must have pre-incident information about the buildings they are expected to respond to. How can this be achieved through the BIM? Emergency Responders practice the one profession where the workers are generally unfamiliar with the work environment. They race into atmospheres that are likely to be immediately dangerous to life and health with minimal knowledge about the structure, building, layout, hazards or protection features present. To be most effective, with the highest level of safety, they must have pre-incident information about the buildings they are expected to respond to. How can this be achieved through the BIM?

3 Montreal Case Study 1986 – Fire Started on 10 th Floor 1986 – Fire Started on 10 th Floor Burned for 13 Hours to 16 th Floor Burned for 13 Hours to 16 th Floor Couldn’t Find Standpipe Connection Couldn’t Find Standpipe Connection FD Knew for 3 Years Connection was Mislabeled as Sprinkler System FD Knew for 3 Years Connection was Mislabeled as Sprinkler System FD Hooked to Wrong Pipe – Broke it Due to Pressure… FD Hooked to Wrong Pipe – Broke it Due to Pressure… $51MM (Canadian) Settlement $51MM (Canadian) Settlement

4 Further Drivers NIOSH Firefighter Death Case Studies NIOSH Firefighter Death Case Studies ISO Requirements for Preplanning ISO Requirements for Preplanning IBC Requirements for Preplanning IBC Requirements for Preplanning NFPA 1620 Likely to Be a Standard in 2009 NFPA 1620 Likely to Be a Standard in 2009 “Which Connection do I Hit?” “Which Connection do I Hit?”

5 Further Drivers “I Hope We Never Have a Fire in That Place…” “I Hope We Never Have a Fire in That Place…”

6 Further Drivers “I Hope We Never Have a Fire in That Place…” “I Hope We Never Have a Fire in That Place…”

7 Who Has the Information? The Design Team The Design Team Fire Marshal/Building Code Official Fire Marshal/Building Code Official “Old-Timers” “Old-Timers” Someone Who Forgot Someone Who Forgot The “Other Shift” The “Other Shift” We need to Capture This Information and Get it to the Ground Troops!!! We need to Capture This Information and Get it to the Ground Troops!!!

8 Who Will Use the Information? The First-In Officers - Basic Information The First-In Officers - Basic Information Hydrants Hydrants Site Layout Site Layout Immediate Hazards Immediate Hazards QUICK ACTION PLAN QUICK ACTION PLAN The Incident Commander The Incident Commander Detailed Information Detailed Information The Planning Officer The Planning Officer Detailed Information Detailed Information

9 What Do Firefighters Need to Know That Might Kill Them? Storage/use of flammable/combustible liquids and gases Storage/use of flammable/combustible liquids and gases Hazardous Materials Hazardous Materials Combustible interior finishes Combustible interior finishes Tanks or pressure vessels Tanks or pressure vessels A structure or façade that is susceptible to early collapse A structure or façade that is susceptible to early collapse Potential areas of rapid fire spread Potential areas of rapid fire spread Hazardous openings in floors/roofs Hazardous openings in floors/roofs Heavy items on roofs/chimneys Heavy items on roofs/chimneys Swimming pools, pits or other firefighter traps Swimming pools, pits or other firefighter traps Blocked means of egress Blocked means of egress Hazardous areas such as shops, labs, kitchens, storage Hazardous areas such as shops, labs, kitchens, storage Use of high magnetic field equipment such as NMR or MRI Use of high magnetic field equipment such as NMR or MRI

10 Proper Prior Planning Requires Attention to Detail Who Has a Stake in This? Building Owners Building Owners Building Occupants Building Occupants Design/Remodeling Teams Design/Remodeling Teams Insurance Industry Insurance Industry The Community The Community The Responders Themselves The Responders Themselves

11 Proper Prior Planning Requires Attention to Detail Best When Done Through Design & Construction Best When Done Through Design & Construction Include Annotated Pictures/Diagrams Include Annotated Pictures/Diagrams Must Have a Common Format Must Have a Common Format Once Completed, Must Be: Once Completed, Must Be: Documented Documented Communicated Communicated Available/Shared Available/Shared Kept Updated Kept Updated

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14 What Do We Do With the Info Once We Have It? Catalog it and Make it Available to the Troops! Catalog it and Make it Available to the Troops! Conduct Virtual Walkthroughs Conduct Virtual Walkthroughs Do ICS Simulation Drills! Do ICS Simulation Drills! Be Sure It Is Available When Needed Be Sure It Is Available When Needed Keep It Updated Keep It Updated

15 PREPLANNING CAN SAVE LIVES Let’s Get Firefighters, FPEs, A/Es, Building Depts., and Others to Work Together!!! Questions??? Greg Jakubowski


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