Houston Fire Department

Fire Warden Certification Classes (High Rise)

Any Building Manager in need of High-Rise or Mid-Rise Atruim Certification Training may send attendees to the following monthly seminars at no cost. Monthly seminars are available for management employees and tenant fire wardens of high-rise buildings who need to be certified. Certificates shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of training.

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Each High-Rise tenant is required to provide one (1) Fire Warden per 7500 sq. ft. of floor area per floor occupied. When the floor area of a tenancy on any occupied floor exceeds seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet, a Warden shall be required for each such seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet or part thereof. A minimum of two (2) Fire Wardens is required per floor regardless of the floor area square feet.

Some of the topics covered in the seminar will include the latest fire safety features built into high-rise buildings, dynamics of fire, human reactions, emergency safety team / fire warden procedures for fire alarms and fires, evacuation procedures, and proper fire extinguisher operation.

There is no charge for attending these seminars. The only cost incurred may be parking fees, if applicable. Many buildings will have different fire safety features. The building management from each building represented is required to inform its employees and Fire Wardens of their specific fire safety features to complete the certification.

Please note this training is not valid for Mid Rise Evacuation Training. For information on mid rise training please visit the HFD Mid Rise Fire Certication Webpage.

December 13, 2018 08:45-11am
Marriott Houston North
255 North Sam Houston Pkwy East
Houston, Texas 77060

Registration dead line is Thursday, December 6, 2018 1pm
For more information, contact: Evans.McCollister@houstontx.gov

We must have a list of persons attending to guarantee reservations.

Additional training availability information:
The Houston Fire Department has set up and implemented a list of all high-rise buildings for Fire Safety Plan approvals. This list was set up to ensure that priority is given to buildings that have the greatest need while also providing each building an equal opportunity. The list of buildings is separated into two groups based on whether the building is an occupancy where people sleep, such as hotel, apartments, and condominiums or those buildings where people do not sleep, such as office buildings. Buildings are then sub-grouped by no sprinkler system, partial sprinkler system, or complete sprinkler systems before sorting by building height. The highest priority building is the residential building that is non-sprinklered, and the tallest in height. Our goal is to provide the needed services to approve each building within a two-year cycle. Buildings desiring to expedite the process also have three additional options.
  1. The monthly open high-rise certification seminar is for buildings that have requested to send a limited number of fire wardens and building management employees to a class that is open to all high-rise buildings. The class information is not specific to any particular building and requires building management to supplement the training with their building specifics.
  2. An inspector/instructor in the Life Safety Bureau, Public Education Section - High-rise Fire Safety Plan Approvals, may be obtained to provide training outside his regular work hours on an overtime basis. This may be done by contacting Inspector Evans McCollister either by e-mail at: evans.mccollister@houstontx.gov. This should be done prior to payment of a required permit fee so that an instructor can be assigned to made contact with the requesting party, to assist the requesting party with information on the application for over-time training and payment of the permit fees, and to schedule a mutually convenient training date.

    A City of Houston permit fee is required to provide funding for overtime to obtain an inspector/instructor that has agreed to work at a time other than his regular work hours. The overtime permit fee is $308.25 for 1st 4 hours and admin fee is $27.52 the fee for each additional hour after 4 is $68.80. (as of January 2015).

  3. Having a City of Houston Fire Marshal approved consultant perform the training. The process to receive an approved Fire Safety Plan consist of the three following essential training elements conducted by persons, institutions or companies approved by the Fire Marshal according to regulations established by the Fire Marshal: a consultation with building management, an approved certification training for Fire Wardens and building employees, and a fire drill supervised by persons, institutions or companies approved by the Fire Marshal.