New Fire Safety / Emergency Action Plan Requirements

Last week Adonis Taylor, EAP Coordinator, and Blake Grosch, Director of Sales & Marketing, attended the Bureau of Fire Prevention’s Comprehensive FS / EAP Review Session to gain further insight on the new guidelines that went into effect on August 1st. RDM was invited due to its status as a primary vendor in this sector. In attendance were also representatives from Crocker Fire Drill, Quality Fire Prevention, and Asymmetric Strategic Initiatives. 

Although the FDNY has sound reasoning for its updated requirements and has established procedures to achieve compliance, the process, as many building managers and fire consultants have grumbled, is still in development. The purpose of this meeting was to hatch out and define some of the gray areas with Captain Joe Evangelista who oversees the FDNY’s FS / EAP system.

At certain points during the session, Captain Evangelista made decisions on the spot based on the attendees’ suggestions. He furthered added that this is a work in process and that he is willing to listen to make the process clear and pain free.

Based on the discussion and RDM’s focus on EAP / FS floor plan and riser diagram creation, we were able to confirm the following points about questions our clients have raised with us:

Required for EAP / FS Floor Plan
- All changes, amendments, or new filings need a new sign & seal letter
- Separate file for each DWG, DWF, or PDF document– submit electronically or on CD
- All files follow file naming convention - Legend of symbols (include fire barrier)
- ALL permanent partitions, fire barriers & in-building re-location areas
- Egress path
- Sprinkler / standpipe system control values
- Emergency power generator & fuel supply tank and capacity

Required for Riser Diagram
- Rider diagrams accepted in PDF
- Gravity tanks, indicating capacity and fire service
- Pressure tanks, indicating capacity
- Risers, indicating size and locations
- Siamese connections, indicating locations
- Fire pump, indicating manual or automatic and output
- Booster pump (or special service pump), indicating output
- All cross sections
- City water main supply
- Fill line and house pump
- Control values: riser sectional & floor control
- Check values (upper and lower)
- Pressure reducing values
- Dry pipe values
- Pre-action sprinkler values
- Roof manifold
- Fire hose racks

As this process evolves, RDM will continue to keep you updated. For additional information, please consult: