18 - Fire Team

A fire team is made up of employees who are trained and equipped to respond to fires which may develop in or around the property in support of the Fire Brigade.

The fire team is typically not established to provide firefighting response, but rather to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and the provision of non-firefighting support to the responding Fire Brigade.

What do we look for?

Controls

  • Formally organized fire team with training and staffing commensurate with the hazards present
  • Organized to handle the evacuation of non-fire team personnel
  • Coverage by the fire team is 24/7
  • The fire team actively supports the public fire brigade with non-firefighting activities including:
    • Evacuation of building occupants
    • Meeting the public fire brigade and directing them to the fire location
    • Providing guidance to access water supplies and support fixed fire protection systems
    • Providing access to buildings
    • Managing the shutdown of utilities including electrical power and fuel gases
    • Sharing knowledge of construction, occupancy, and hazards.

Risk improvement ideas

  • Employing trained professional fire team and/or training select persons from staff to complete fire training to suitable level to cover 24 hours.
  • Establish emergency response procedures, evacuation plans and display evacuation/exit routes and muster points clearly.

NFPA standards

  • NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • NFPA 14 Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems --> addresses inside fire hose connections on risers
  • NFPA 600 Standard on Industrial Fire Brigades --> addresses fire teams.