Developing a Pre-Incident Plan for a Protected Building

Credit Hours:  1
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours

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Program Abstract

Pre-incident planning improves sprinkler activation alarm call response. This is especially true for commercial and industrial structures because they often contain specialized equipment, warehoused goods, unusual or complicated floor plans, atypical contents, and unfamiliar fuel load configurations. Pre-incident planning allows the department to assess a structure's fire suppression systems, use, occupancy, contents, occupancy, water sources, hazards, obstructions, and other important factors that impact fire suppression efforts. This effort is extremely important because fire officers and crews see relatively fewer callouts to commercial and industrial properties compared to residential properties. Pre-incident planning also helps the department establish a relationship with the building's owner, tenants, and facilities manager. In this self-paced program, you will learn how to complete a pre-incident plan. Doing pre-incident plans for all sprinklered properties in your first due areas is an important component of being prepared and rendering professional service to your community.

This program is the third in a series of four programs in the Fighting Fire In Sprinklered Buildings multi-program certificate. The full sequence is:

  • Part 1: Automatic Sprinkler System Design and Function
  • Part 2: Why Sprinklered Buildings Burn
  • Part 3: Developing a Pre-Incident Plan for a Protected Building
  • Part 4: Engine Company Operations at Fires in Sprinklered Properties

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FM Global has a longstanding, deep commitment to assisting the fire service through training, education, and grant funding in fire prevention, fighting fire in sprinklered buildings, fire response to commercial/industrial properties, ignitable liquids and gases, pre-incident planning, and fire protection systems. As part of this commitment, FM Global provides the FM Global Fire Service Learning Network to deliver critical training for the fire service in FM Global's focus areas, including fire protection in commercial and industrial properties. The network offers online training programs, including FM Global’s popular “Fighting Fire in Sprinklered Buildings” course, and fire service resources. Available resources include FM Global Data Sheets, pocket guides, and pre-incident planning materials guide. All training and resources are free. Create an account and log in to access the fire service training and resources.