"Where New York City Goes For FDNY Certified Fire Safety Personnel"
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New York City requires FDNY certified individuals in several circumstances; some circumstances include:

  1.       All hotels and motels require FDNY certified personnel at all times.
  2.       High-rise office buildings require FDNY certified personnel any time that there are 500 people in the building OR 100 people in the sub-grade levels OR above the 1st Floor.
  3.       When sprinkler systems are not installed (i.e. construction sites)
  4.       A fire guard must be on duty when the fire protection system in a building under construction is not working.
  5.       Most construction sites:
  6.        Many public events
  7.                Most locations with impaired fire safety systems


Fire guards are required on construction, alteration and demolition sites when work is not in progress, except between the hours of 12 midnight and 8:00 AM.

(The number of fire guards required depends on the size and location of the field site. If the site fronts on one street, one fire guard is required for each 10,000 square feet or where the building exceeds 75 feet in height.)

NOTE: A summons will be issued if the required fire guards are not on duty during the required hours. The building owner will then have 72 hours to hire the necessary fire guards to patrol the premises.[1]

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[1] FIRE DEPT OF NEW YORK Consolidated Study Material

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