The Fire Safety Unity oversees 4 crucial components at the Department of Correction.
24-HOUR RESPONSE TO ALL FIRE/SMOKE ALARM ACTIVATIONS The Fire Safety Unit responds to all fire/smoke alarm activations within all departmental facilities and also monitors the newly installed Simplex Grinnell fire alarm systems. This unit is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS FSU conducts, annual inspections of 8500 fire extinguishers and all other fire safety response equipment and supplies within departmental commands located on Rikers Island and borough facilities as well as support areas. FSU also provides escort to the FDNY as well as other outside agencies and vendors who inspect and/or repair fire safety equipment.
FIRE DRILLS Members of FSU are responsible for conducting frequent fire drills in all departmental facilities to ensure that all members of service are properly trained in responding to fire emergencies, evacuation procedures, fire alarm use procedures, fire notification procedures, proper use of all fire safety equipment and supplies, medical team response procedures, borough facility response and evacuations procedures in fire emergencies, and safe evacuation procedures for inmates in special housing.
TRAINING With the installation of the new Simplex Fire Alarm System and Control Panel, the Fire Safety Unit currently provides training to all departmental staff on the operating techniques of the control panel in emergency and non-emergency situations, as well as familiarize staff with operating systems and functions of the fire alarm system and devices.