Fire Watch policy

Policy ID

022-0001

Effective Date

Monday, July 2, 2018

Division

Campus Services

Office of Primary Responsibility

Engineering & Utilities

Summary of Policy

This policy covers Dartmouth's Fire Watch procedures for all campus owned buildings following recommendations of the State of NH Fire Marshall. Fire watches may be required for building demolition, life safety impairments, or in situations that compromise the safety of the Dartmouth community. Dartmouth's FO&M's senior management along, with the Fire Safety Supervisor, will determine if a fire watch is needed in conjunction with Hanover Fire Department.

Reason for Policy

To assure that all fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms that are installed in Dartmouth buildings are communicated to the appropriate dispatch center and emergency responder(s). The Kelton alarm system is monitored at three remote locations.

Affected Parties

All Groups

Policy Statement

Dartmouth Fire Watch Steps

Once a fire watch is determined to be necessary based on the criteria below, Dartmouth's FO&M's administration, AVP of FO&M, the Maintenance Services Manager and the Fire Safety Supervisor, will notify the appropriate building contact.

The level of fire watch coverage is based on the occupancy type listed below.

  • All fire watches require monitoring of affected areas for signs of smoke or fire and proper notification to the Department of Safety and Security and 911. 
  • All fire watches require a FAMIS work order outlining what is to be expected during the fire watch.
  • A Dartmouth mobile radio and cell phone are required for all members conducting the fire watch for notification purposes. 
  • Dartmouth fire watches are not equivalent to actions of a firefighter; they are intended to notify 911 and the Department of Safety and Security, and to assist with the safe evacuation of a building where fire or smoke is seen.

What prompts a Fire Watch?

A fire watch should be put in place in the following situations:

  • When a fire protection system (sprinkler system, fire pump, standpipes) is out of service for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • When a fire alarm system is out of service for more than eight (8) continuous hours.

Levels of Fire Watch Coverage

LEVEL I:

Monitoring affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the sole purpose of notifying emergency services (dial 911).

Example of a Level I fire watch: an unoccupied non-residential building or room in which neither the sprinkler nor the fire alarm systems are operating.

Who completes a Level I fire watch: the building owner, security guard, or qualified fire personnel.

LEVEL II:

Continuous monitoring of affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the purposes of notifying emergency services (dial 911) and assisting with evacuation.

Example of a Level II fire watch: an occupied non-residential building or room in which neither the sprinkler nor the fire alarm system is operating.

Who completes the fire watch: One or more approved representatives or employees of the building owner, security guard, or qualified fire personnel; these individuals must be familiar with the existing fire protection systems and evacuation plans relative to the effective area.

LEVEL III:

Continuous monitoring of affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the purposes of notifying emergency services (dial 911), assisting with evacuation, and fire extinguishment/hazard mitigation.

Example of a Level III fire watch: an occupied residential building or place of assembly in which ALL life safety systems are out of service.

Who completes the fire watch: One of more qualified Town of Hanover fire personnel.

Exclusions & Exceptions

This policy applies to all employees who may be conducting a fire watch on the Dartmouth College campus.

Ramifications

Employees who deviate from this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.