FIRE AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
17.1 First Responder Box
The FDNY may require that a First Responder Box be provided at a construction site for first responder use. The CDA unit and/or the Local Fire House will decide its necessity based on size and complexity of the construction site.
Where the First Responder Box becomes necessary, the First Responder Box should contain building access keys, the Pre-Fire Plan, and other documents required by the Fire Code. Such box must be in an approved location and, if locked, must be openable by use of a citywide standard key and a Fire Department standard key.
The purpose is to consolidate important documents and information into one location. It enables the CSFSM to store important information into one location.
It can be used for the regular training and will assist firefighting personnel responding to a fire or other emergency at the construction site.
Exact location of the First Responder Box should be determined in coordination with FDNY. All construction site workers should know the location of the First Responder Box. The CSFSM should also ensure the box is located on a solid surface with clean surroundings and it is easily accessible 24/7.
Recommend appearance of the First Responder Box:
- Painted red gang box
- “FDNY” neatly & clearly written with reflective tape (top, front & both sides)
- Internal compartments to properly organize binders and drawings
- The top of the box should be cleared of all materials (construction materials, snow, ice, etc) and not used as a table or cutting station
- Depending on the size of the construction site, more than 1 responder box may be required.
- The box should protected from weather to the degree that it doesn’t freeze closed.
The following content is a list of recommended document or material that may be asked by the FDNY firefighters, but the final content of each First Responder Box should be discussed with the Local Fire House.
Recommended contents in the First Response Box:
- Attached to underside of lid
- The list must have the following phone numbers:
- For all emergencies call 9-1-1
- FDNY Borough Dispatcher # for fire protection system impairment
- Manhattan 212-570-4300
- Bronx 718-430-0200
- Brooklyn 718-965-8300
- Queens 718-476-6200
- Staten Island 718-494-4296
- DOB Construction Safety Unit
- Ambulance or nearby hospital contact number
- Company Main Office
Work, home, and mobile numbers of the following:
- Senior Superintendent
- Site Safety Manager
- Construction Site Fire Safety Manager
- Senior Project Manager
- Company Fire Safety Manager
- Hoist Subcontractor Contact
- Security Subcontractor Contact
- Fire Suppression Contact
- Elevator Subcontractor Contact
- Electrical Subcontractor Contact
- Crane Subcontractor Contact
Egress and access
- Floor by Floor Egress Plans
- Clearly marked as “Floor by Floor Egress Plans”
- Laminated, bound together
- Clearly labeling entry and exit points
Updated Standpipe Diagram
- Clearly indicating highest floor served by standpipe (updated as necessary)
- Full Size
- Labeled as “Current Standpipe Diagram”
Site Safety Plan illustrating the following:
- Full Size
- Labeled as “Site Safety Plan”
- The Site Safety plan must clearly identify “You Are Here” and illustrate the following:
- Locations of standpipe(s), gas storage, fuel storage, hoists
- Crane locations
- Evacuation procedure
- Muster points
- Location of OS & Y valve
Access keys for any lock (storage cabinets, OS&Y valve, etc.) used within the construction site.