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.
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.