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This policy covers Dartmouth's Fire Watch procedures for all campus owned buildings following recommendations of the State of NH Fire Marshall. Fire watches may be required for building demolition, life safety impairments, or in situations that compromise the safety of the Dartmouth community. Dartmouth's FO&M's senior management along, with the Fire Safety Supervisor, will determine if a fire watch is needed in conjunction with Hanover Fire Department.
To assure that all fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms that are installed in Dartmouth buildings are communicated to the appropriate dispatch center and emergency responder(s). The Kelton alarm system is monitored at three remote locations.
Dartmouth Fire Watch Steps
Once a fire watch is determined to be necessary based on the criteria below, Dartmouth's FO&M's administration, AVP of FO&M, the Maintenance Services Manager and the Fire Safety Supervisor, will notify the appropriate building contact.
The level of fire watch coverage is based on the occupancy type listed below.
What prompts a Fire Watch?
A fire watch should be put in place in the following situations:
Levels of Fire Watch Coverage
Monitoring affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the sole purpose of notifying emergency services (dial 911).
Example of a Level I fire watch: an unoccupied non-residential building or room in which neither the sprinkler nor the fire alarm systems are operating.
Who completes a Level I fire watch: the building owner, security guard, or qualified fire personnel.
Continuous monitoring of affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the purposes of notifying emergency services (dial 911) and assisting with evacuation.
Example of a Level II fire watch: an occupied non-residential building or room in which neither the sprinkler nor the fire alarm system is operating.
Who completes the fire watch: One or more approved representatives or employees of the building owner, security guard, or qualified fire personnel; these individuals must be familiar with the existing fire protection systems and evacuation plans relative to the effective area.
Continuous monitoring of affected area for signs of smoke or fire for the purposes of notifying emergency services (dial 911), assisting with evacuation, and fire extinguishment/hazard mitigation.
Example of a Level III fire watch: an occupied residential building or place of assembly in which ALL life safety systems are out of service.
Who completes the fire watch: One of more qualified Town of Hanover fire personnel.
This policy applies to all employees who may be conducting a fire watch on the Dartmouth College campus.
Employees who deviate from this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.