Hinton State Laboratory Building - Emergency Response Plan

Learn about fire and emergency response plans and systems, including evacuation procedures, for the Hinton State Laboratory Building.

Occupant emergency plan

It is the policy of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to have a detailed Emergency Plan, with an Incident Commander and Emergency Team Leaders from each department.

It shall be the responsibility of all Emergency Team Leaders to be familiar with the Emergency Plan and keep current records of all personnel with disabilities. All tenants of a work area are required to obey the direction of their Emergency Team Leaders during an emergency situation and adhere to the Emergency Plan. Emergency Team Leaders are responsible for all occupants of their assigned areas.

The Occupant Emergency Response Plan contains detailed responsibilities and procedures for all types of emergencies.

Fire protection systems

Both the Stable and Tower Buildings at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory are provided with fire detection systems that consist of heat and/or smoke detectors that cover all building areas. Upon activation of a single or multiple detectors in a building the alarm will sound throughout the building and all occupants shall evacuate in accordance with their assigned evacuation route and report to their assigned assembly area outside the building.

Both buildings are also provided with complete automatic sprinkler protection. If a single sprinkler head (or multiple heads) operates the sprinkler head will discharge water and the fire alarm system will sound. All occupants shall evacuate the building in accordance with their assigned evacuation route and report to their assigned assembly area outside the building.

The fire alarm system will not be silenced or reset until directed to do so by the Boston Fire Department (BFD) official in charge. When approval to reset has been granted by the BFD, DCAMM Facilities Maintenance will silence the alarm. Security will be instructed to call the fire alarm company (Simplex Grinnell) and request that the system be reset.

If the sprinkler system has operated, the automatic sprinkler control valve will not be closed until directed to do so by the BFD official in charge. Once approval has been received, DCAMM Facilities Maintenance will silence the alarm, close the appropriate sprinkler control valve to stop the water flow and replace the sprinkler head(s) that operated. Security will be instructed to call the fire alarm company (Simplex Grinnell) and request that the system be reset.

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