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Fire drills allow occupants to become more comfortable with their evacuation procedures. Most occupancies require fire drills, but even if yours does not, it is still a good idea to practice your evacuation plan. In an actual fire, the smoke can become so dense that it may be impossible for you to see your surroundings. Being aware of your surroundings and knowing where your exits are could save your life during an emergency.

The 2015 International Fire Code does not require fire drills to be observed by the fire department, but many organizations choose to conduct observed drills to receive feedback on their evacuation procedures.

Fire drills can either be observed by a member of the fire department, or they can involve a mock response from a fire engine. Both drills include a short (5-10 minute) debriefing session.
  • If the organization chooses a mock response, the fire crews will obtain an organization roster and ask the responsible party to confirm that all the occupants are out of the building and accounted for. They will also check the building’s Knox Box (if applicable) and check for obstructions to exits or fire department access. The drill will be timed for the initial evacuation as well as the length of time until all occupants are accounted for.
  • If the organization wishes to have a member of the fire department observe the fire drill, the drill will still be timed.

Only the person submitting the request should know the date and time of the drill in order to add realism to the drill. If the organization has a fire alarm system that is monitored, it is the responsibility of the organization to contact the alarm company prior to the fire drill to place the alarm in test mode. Organization representatives must also have a basic understanding of how to reset their fire alarm.

Fire drills can be scheduled during the following times:

  • Monday-Thursday
    • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m.
    • 7-9 p.m. (limited availability; no mock response)
  • Fridays
    • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m.

It is recommended that fire drill requests be submitted at least four weeks prior to the requested date, although requests can be made at any time.

Submitting a request for a fire drill does not guarantee that one of the times you request can be filled.

After your request has been submitted, a member of the fire department will contact you to schedule a time for your drill. Please allow five business days for processing your request, although it is likely that your request will be processed within 48 hours.

---> Fire Drill Request Form

Last updated: 3/3/2017 5:53:12 PM