Thread: Pre-plans

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    BFD22
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    Question Pre-plans

    DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE SOME GOOD PRE-PLAN
    FORMS TO USE? OUR DEPT. IS GETTING READY TO START AND WE ARE TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER THE BEST FORMS THAT WE CAN. WE HAVE ABOUT 500 PROPERTIES TO PRE-PLAN.WE ARE ALSO AN ALL VOLUNTEER DEPT. SO WE REALIZE THIS WILL BE A LONG PROCESS FOR US.

    THANKS FOR ANY HELP...

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    LHS
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    Here is what we did.

    The ISO expects all firefighters to walk through each commercial and public building twice yearly. In addition to the company inspections they expect to see written pre-fire plans and drawings. Good record keeping of the company inspections is essential if you want collect credit in the category.

    For a 100 percent successful low-cost way to earn two ISO points, write a letter on fire department letterhead and have the chief sign it. (See Figure 1.) Attach it to every water, sewer or tax bill or, If necessary, conduct a separate mailing. After such a letter was sent in a local community, every business filled it out and returned it. In a majority of cases, each provided more information than asked for, including computer-aided drawings and site plans of the buildings.

    Each year, the same letter should be sent again to ensure the information is still correct. Biannual building walk-throughs will keep fire crews current on each occupancy. A simple balloon file labeled A-Z keeps the pre-plans and drawings organized and available when needed. Every firefighter needs to go through each commercial or public building twice a year. Records should be kept of those visits.

    Take photos of each side of all businesses you are responsible for. Include the top of each by using an aerial, or stand on an adjoining roof. Also include photos of special hazards or other features you and your crews need to be aware of. Cross Fire software can also incorporate these photos, which can be loaded right into the program on a 3 1/2Ē disk. This feature allows individual companies and all command officers using laptop or vehicle-mounted computers to see the challenge they face in color and without smoke. Drawings can also be scanned into the program; using the software programís drawing zoom feature, it is possible to enlarge areas as needed for greater clarity on scene. Attaching a printer to your computer allows you to make hard copies for individual companies.

    The software is set up to allow the data that was stored under separate files, such as hydrant, rural water supply or Haz Mat, to be merged and accessed to form the ultimate pre-fire plan file. (See Figure 2.) With very little time, the right chiefís letter and the correct software you, too, can do pre-fire plans!.

    Figure 1
    Building Pre-Plan Form
    Dear Business Owner:
    Enclosed you will find a sheet of graph paper in which we are requesting you to draw the outline of your business to scale. This will help us in case an emergency should one arise. Please show the location of the following items in your drawing.
    1. Doors & windows
    2. Gas shutoff
    3. Power shutoff
    4. Sprinkler connection
    5. Fire alarm panel
    6. Non-usable doors & windows
    7. Special hazards
    At the bottom of this graph please list:
    1. Nature of business
    2. Emergency phone contacts
    3. Number of employees normally on premises
    4. Business name and address
    5. Insurance company
    Please return your graph to:
    [Your FDís Name Here]
    [Your Chiefís Name Here]
    If you have any questions regarding this document contact [Your FDís at phone # here]


    Figure 2
    Pre-Plan Data Entry Form
    Date:
    Fire Department

    Business Name: Bldg/Suite #:
    Address:
    City:
    Telephone: Type Bus: Dept Map Page Number:
    Owner: Telephone:
    Manager: Telephone:
    Other: Telephone:
    Nearest Cross-Street is:
    Primary Hydrant Number: Located at:
    Other Water Source is:
    Square Footage: Stories in Height:
    Occupancy Classification Code:
    Construction Classification Code:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Location of Type Of
    Heating: Heating:
    Gas Shutoff: Gas:
    Electric Main:
    Alarm Panel:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Basement: Remarks:
    Elevator: Remarks:
    Lock Box: Remarks:
    F.D.C: Remarks:
    Standpipes: Remarks:
    Sprinkler Sys: Remarks:
    Sprinkler Risers: Remarks:
    Sprinkler Control Valves Located:
    Water Shutoff Valves Located:
    Exposure Information:
    Comments:


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