State Transportation Building - Fire and Alarm System Information

Learn about fire and alarm systems in the State Transportation Building.

About the fire and alarm system

At the State Transportation Building the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Facility Management Team and DCAMM Life Safety Division have worked closely with all Agencies located in the building to build an effective Fire and Emergency Response Plan. Within each Agency are Emergency Team Leaders who serve in this capacity. These Emergency Team Leaders are trained tenant agency personnel familiar with the Occupant Emergency Plan. They appoint agency personnel to various Evacuation Team positions, assist DCAMM with fire safety issues on their floors, advise and direct tenants during fire drills and actual emergencies and keep current records of personnel who may need assistance during an evacuation.

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 Occupant Emergency Plan. Emergency Team Leaders are responsible for the entire floor, not just the agency/area in which they work. If for any reason an Emergency Team Leader leaves his or her position in state government or transfers to another location, it is the Agency’s responsibility to inform DCAMM of his or her departure. DCAMM Building Management and Life Safety personnel meet routinely with Emergency Team Leaders and hold a full evacuation fire drill not less than once a year.

Upon employment your Emergency Team Leader will review with you all pertinent information and responsibilities associated with the plan as it relates to your individual Agency, floor and to the overall building.

While full or partial evacuation of a building is sometimes necessary, evacuation is not always the only, or even proper, response in an emergency. Decisions regarding when and how much of the building to evacuate are highly dependent upon the nature of the emergency.    

The State Transportation Building, comprised of eight stories, is considered a “high rise” Building. Therefore, the activation of the Fire Alarm System at the STB will almost always require the evacuation of the fire floor as well as the floor above and the floor below the fire floor. Most other emergencies will not require an immediate evacuation.

In the event of an emergency the alarm system warning sequence is as follows:

  • The entire building will get an “alert” signal of four “bong type” tones followed by a message there is an emergency in the building. This message will be repeated a minimum of three times while the specific nature of the emergency is determined. This is not a notice to evacuate your area. Its purpose is to alert you to the possibility of further warnings or announcements.
  • If the emergency involves your floor the system will sound a second alarm. This is the evacuation signal. It will be repeated over and over again and you will see both visual (strobe lights) and audio (horn) activated on your floor. This second alarm is a notice to evacuate your floor. Follow the directions given by your Emergency Team Leaders and Building Security and Staff in the common areas. This alarm will continue to sound until deactivated by the Boston Fire Department and the building deemed safe to renter.

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