Emergency Procedures

2020 Main building is a multi tenant high-rise building consisting of 12 floors above ground. 

The building was completed in September 1999.  It is Class A construction, steel frame, lightweight concrete, with glass exterior finish.


The Fire Control Room (FCR) is located on the East side of the building.  The FCR door is locked.  Building Engineers, Security Officers and Fire Safety Director have keys to unlock the door.  Additional sets of keys are in the Fire Department knox box located inside the FCR door.

The Fire Control Room contains the building’s fire alarm panels, emergency controls, PA system, two (2) outside telephone lines, 12 firefighter’s phones and a computer print out of all alarm activity.

From here the fire department, the Fire Safety Director, Building Engineer and other emergency personnel will conduct emergency operations.

NOTE: Alarms are also monitored by an outside monitoring service.


The Emergency Evacuation Team for 2020 Main is comprised of representatives from:

Facilities -                                 Chief Engineer

                                                    Ultility Engineer/Day Porter

Building Management -          Senior Property Manager

                                                     Assistant Property Manager

Security -                                    Security Officer

Tenants -                                   At least one (1) representative from each suite. 



The fire alarm emits a whoop tone and is designed to sound on three floors – the floor of activation, one floor above and one floor below.  A fire signal is also annunciated at the fire alarm panels in the Fire Control Room at the Security Console and at an outside alarm monitoring company.

Fire alarms are caused by activation of a smoke detector, or sprinkler (water flow).

NOTE: There is one (1) manual pull alarm located in the Fire Control Room.  Activation of this pull station will sound an alarm throughout the building



The emergency movement of people to a safe location either within or outside the building.  This is best accomplished in a supervised manner.  Personnel trained in proper evacuation methods will make evacuation of any number of people a safe operation.

Immediately upon the sounding of the fire alarm or when notified by building management or other authorities.

Evacuation generally means relocating a safe distance from the problem and achieving adequate shelter (refuge).  Relocation could be to an opposite side of the building, into stairwells, or out of the building completely.  When relocating or evacuating NEVER USE THE ELEVATORS!  Use the stairwells for exiting as they offer the safest and quickest means of egress during an emergency.

Stairwell doors in this building will automatically unlock upon activation of any alarm in the event of a power failure.  After exiting the building, proceed to the safe refuge area outside of the building.  Know where the stairwells exit to.  At the safe refuge area, all occupants should be accounted for and a head count reported to the Fire Safety Director or other emergency personnel.  They should remain in the safe refuge area and wait for further instructions from authorities.

While it is usually advisable to go downward in a building during a fire, there are times when it may be necessary to go to an upper floor or to the roof.  This should only be done if instructed to do so by emergency personnel or if lower floors are untenable due to smoke or intense heat.



Move quickly.  DO NOT RUN.

Ladies  should  remove high heeled shoes to prevent falls or injuries.

Stay to the right of the stairwell.  Use handrails.

Give way to fire fighters

Allow room for others to enter into an orderly flow of traffic, but DO NOT hold up travel unnecessarily.

Dispense with excessive talk.  Dispel all rumors.

Treat any injuries incurred in the stairway at the nearest floor landing, so that evacuee movement is not impeded.

Gain assistance for those who are slower moving or physically challenged.



Any person with a disability, temporary or permanent, or other condition that would require them to get assistance during an evacuation is considered physically challenged.  Such as:

  • Persons confined to wheelchairs
  • Persons dependent on crutches, canes, walkers, etc.
  • Persons recovering from surgery
  • Pregnant women
  • Persons with significant hearing or sight impairment
  • Extreme cases of obesity.

An updated list indicating name, location and nature of disability of each physically challenged person must be kept on file.  Every individual placed on the physically challenged evacuation list must be assured that information provided will be kept confidential and is to be used only to provide safe and quick evacuation in emergency conditions.

Floor Wardens should assign a minimum of two “Physically Challenged Person Monitors” to assist each physically challenged individual.  Those assigned to assist the physically challenged should have a knowledge of how to safely evacuate the people they are assigned to and obtain direction from that person on how they can be best helped.

Assist the individual to the safest stairwell, having them enter last to avoid restricting evacuee movement.  They should be placed in the extreme corner of the stairwell floor landing.  One Monitor should remain with the person while the other Monitor will notify the authorities for assistance.  The authorities will provide further evacuation assistance.

If the situation becomes life-threatening, assist the individual to an alternate stairwell and be prepared to physically move them to the nearest refuge area.  Methods may involve bodily removal, moving the appliance down the stairs, or repositioning to other means, such as to an office chair, available blanket, etc.  (Refer to illustrated pages Floor Wardan Manual further instructions).