Introduction to Fire Patrol
At the conclusion of this lesson, the student will better understand fire, be able to recognize common fire safety hazards, and know to safely take action in the event of a fire. The student will also learn what action to take to correct a fire-life condition, or if the problem cannot be corrected, be able to effectively report a potentially serious life-safety issue.
Knowledge of fire protection is critical, but often overlooked in training programs for security professionals. Although security topics such as access control, intrusion alarm response, trespassers, crime and terrorism prevention, patrol, and powers of arrest are emphasized in security training, fire safety and fire related life safety are as equally important responsibilities for security guards. In fact, fires, and other fire related emergencies, such as evacuations, are more likely to cause injury or death to personnel and major damage to property than most security related incidents.
Security staff that can contribute to a fire safe facility are infinitely more valuable and desirable to clients and property owners than security personnel who are only aware of security specific duties. This is true whether a uniformed security guard protecting a property such as an office building or factory, or a VIP protection detail ensuring the safety of a principle in a variety of settings.