When there’s a Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) permit in place, New York City fire codes require that FDNY certified Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel be in place. Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel are called fire guard (fireguard) F-03 or F-04.
As a matter of public safety, FDNY may require at least one place of assembly safety personnel in the premises where the Certificate of Occupancy indicates that 75 or more members of the public may gather indoors or 200 or more may gather outdoors.
Generally, the types of places of assembly that may be required to have place of assembly safety personnel on the premises during the public gathering event include, but are not necessarily limited to
Cabarets, Dance halls, Indoor skating rinks, Bowling alleys, Museums, Bingo halls, Movie theaters, Television/radio studios admitting an audience, Sports arenas, Circuses, Performing art theaters (live), Stadiums, Passenger terminal.
All Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel will be familiar with the procedures of evacuation and the evacuation routes for the areas where they performing their duties. The safety personnel must be familiar with the obligations for notifying the Fire Department in the event of fire or other event of emergency.
Place of assembly safety personnel are primarily to “manage the occupants” in the event of a fire or other emergency. Verifying that the exits are unobstructed, immediately accessible, and appropriately identified is only the first step toward achieving safety in a place of assembly. The management of occupants primarily involves moving them away from the hazard. In sum, two major duties of the place of assembly safety personnel are:
(1) maintaining the safety of the occupants during a gathering; and
(2) assisting in implementing the evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
Place of assembly safety personnel are important in preventing injury and fatalities from fires at places of assembly. They should know how to keep exit paths clear, identify potential problems, report the fire or other types of emergency to the FDNY and the responsible person; and keep crowds orderly and safe during an emergency.