Building Evacuation Training
The State of California has long required evacuation training for tenants, but many cities were lax in monitoring participation. Several years ago, the Los Angeles City Fire Department partnered with BOMA/GLA to create a standard that not only trained floor wardens but included tenant representatives as well. This ensured that one person for each tenant company obtained training on building evacuation procedures and equipment.
Additionally, taller structures were required to hold full building evacuation drills every three years. This was in response to the World Trade Center bombing during which tenants were forced to walk down multiple stories to evacuate.
BOMA/GLA also supported the use of proprietary software that enables owners to send building floor plans to the Fire Department for use on fire engines, while also allowing tenants to complete evacuation training from their desktop.