Building Marshal's General Responsibilities

A fully-prepared Building Marshal is responsible for the following which are in compliance with The California Health and Safety Code, The California Code of Regulations, and the California Fire Code.

Know the behavior objectives of Emergency Response Procedures. Proper handling of an emergency saves lives. Critical success factors include:

  • Clear thinking
  • Quick actions
  • Calm leadership

Form a building emergency team and know the other Building Marshals on your floor and in your building. Meet with them to decide who will be the Lead Building Marshal. Also, make sure your flood and building has the following Emergency Assistants: an Assistant Building Marshal, a Disability Assistant, Stair Monitors, a Relocation Monitor, and Search Monitors.

  • Know the various Building Marshal roles
  • Know the people who work in your immediate area. Identify employees who may require special assistance in an emergency
  • 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 alternate evacuation routes if you encounter obstacles
  • Know the relocation site and routes to them
  • 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 management.
  • Maintain a current list of Department employees to facilitate in verifying staff at a relocation or a shelter-in-place site.
  • Establish a system of replacements for Building Marshals to account for personnel absences and departures (vacations, class, turnover, etc.)
  • Direct an evacuation or a shelter-in-place situation.