NYSCAL Receives Guidance from NYC Fire Department Regarding False Alarms

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

NYSCAL staff and provider leadership met with the New York City Fire Department via conference call earlier this week regarding the issue of false alarms in adult care facilities and the fees and penalties imposed upon providers as a result of the false alarms.  The following written guidance was provided to NYSCAL from Battalion Chief Pigott, Chief of Technology Management, Bureau of Fire Prevention:

“In order to alleviate the current issue with false alarms at adult homes and assisted living facilities,  the Fire Department will grant a waiver allowing for resident room smoke detectors to transmit a signal to a 24/7 manned location within the facility for investigation.  This determination will be based on the fire alarm system capabilities but will not relieve the requirement of sounding an alarm within the room of activation. To reduce false alarms associated with manual pull stations being activated, the FDNY will allow for protective covers to be installed over all manual pull stations within the building except for the lobby.  In order to receive these waivers, the Bureau of Fire Prevention requests that providers file a TM-4 application requesting permission to have resident room smoke detectors be reprogramed and protective covers be installed over manual pull stations whichever is appropriate for your facility.
 
You can access the TM-4 form on the FDNY website at:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/fire_prevention/otmb_tm_4.pdf
 

  • Where a building has a letter of approval for the existing fire alarm system or the current Building Certificate of Occupancy bears a record “Fire Alarm and Signal System,” file a TM-4 application to obtain permission to reprogram the resident room smoke detectors to transmit a signal to a 24/7 location within the facility for investigation and if applicable permission to provide protective covers for all manual pull stations throughout the building except for the lobby.

  • Where the building does not have a letter of approval for the existing fire alarm system and the Building Certificate of Occupancy does not bear a record “Fire Alarm and Signal System or does not have a Certificate of Occupancy, follow the instructions below:

    • If there is no Certificate of Occupancy then obtain a Letter of No Objection from the Department of Buildings;
    • Request permission to legalize the existing fire alarm system by filing Form TM-4 with the Office of Technology Management. The supporting documents, signed and sealed by the Engineer of Record, shall include a narrative of the existing fire alarm system functionality and conditions (equipment, wiring, initiating/notification devices & appliances, etc.). In the same application request permission to reprogram the existing resident room smoke detectors to either transmit a signal to a 24/7 manned location within the facility and if applicable permission to provide protective covers for all manual pull stations throughout the building except for the lobby.
    • After the above permission has been granted, file Plan/Work Application (Form PW-1) as Alteration Type 2 with the Department of Buildings;
    • Submit TM-1 application with the fire alarm design and installation documents to the Fire Alarm Plan Examination Unit for review and approval. Follow the Technology Management Bulletin No.: 10/2009 for submission of the fire alarm design and installation documents.  http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/fire_prevention/otmb_10_2009.pdf
    • Once plans are approved request an inspection with the Fire Alarm Inspection Unit. Follow the Fire Alarm Inspection Unit Bulletin No.: 06-01-11 procedures for scheduling inspection/test.
      http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/fire_prevention/faiu_bulletins/2012/faiu_bulletin_06_01_12.pdf


If you require any further assistance please contact Chief Pigott at, Thomas.Pigott@fdny.nyc.gov.