Building Marshals Working as a Team

It is vital that Building Marshals unite as a team within the building you work. Department Marshals will work with other departments in the building until all floors are represented.

Form a Building Emergency Team

  • Organize Building Marshals that work in each building in a unified team.
  • Each team should select a Building Leader and alternate. In an emergency, they will serve as the building's Emergency Director and oversee the incident.
  • Assign specific Building Marshal duties above to the other members.
  • Meet with the Team to decide who will be the Lead Building Marshal on each floor. Also, ensure that each floor or building has the following Marshals:
  • Search Monitor and Disability Assistant / Stair Monitor. After the initial search phase, the Search Monitor may then serve as a Relocation Monitor and lead floor occupants to relocation site.
    • Search Monitor
    • Disability Assistant
    • Stair Monitors
    • Relocation Monitor
  • A floor with two Building Marshals can split these duties – Search Monitor and Disability Assistant / Stair Monitor. After the initial search phase, the Search Monitor may then serve as a Relocation Monitor and lead floor occupants to relocation site.

Additional Items to Remember for Building Emergency Teams

  • Know the people who work in your immediate area. Identify occupants that may require special assistance in an emergency.
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of all mobility-impaired persons on the floor.
  • Make a wallet contact card with cell phone numbers for each Building Marshal Team.
  • Know the location of the fire extinguishers and how to use them.
  • Take emergency training, including first aid, CPR, and Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) classes (voluntary).
  • Know the location of any first aid cabinets and emergency supplies.
  • Know the location of stairwell exits and a direct route to each.
  • Know the relocation site and routes to the site.
  • Know how to contact Public Safety in an emergency: 415-422-2911 (Emergency Dispatch)
  • Periodically conduct an inspection of exits, exit pathways, exit lighting, extinguishers, and door-closing devices. Report deficiencies to the building management and department of management.
  • Maintain a current list of department employees.
  • Establish a system of replacements for Building Emergency Teams to account for personnel absences and departures.
  • Practice as a BUILDING TEAM! Conduct walk-throughs, cell phone tests, etc.