Each year thousands of visitors attend trade shows, conventions, exhibitions, and similar functions in the City of Chicago. To protect the public and the millions of dollars of displays, the Municipal Code of Chicago makes extensive requirements for fire safety in those facilities which host such shows.
Included in these is the requirement for fire guards
It is a requirement of Chapter 15-4 of the Municipal Code that the promoters or managers of a convention, exhibition, trade show, or similar function provide special fire guards at their own expense. Fire guards are to be provided on the basis of the following:
The fire guards are required to have suitable uniforms and identifying badges. They are also required to be provided with watchman’s tour clocks by the show manager and to make hourly rounds of the show area and associated storage areas.
The Municipal Code of Chicago charges a fire guard with specific duties and responsibilities. The most important duty of fire guard is to call the Fire Department (9-1-1) and to begin an orderly evacuation of the show patrons in the event of fire. The Fire Department must be called at the first indication or report of a fire. Any indication or report of a possible fire, such as smoke, should be treated as an actual fire. A fire guard should NOT ATTEMPT to verify or fight a fire before calling the Fire Department. When calling the Fire Department, the fire guard should state the address of the building and the floor on which the fire has been reported.
A fire guard is required to tour the show area and associated storage areas on an hourly basis with a watchman’s clock provided by the show manager. The locations of the key stations for the watchman’s clock are specified by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. The fire guards are required to make rounds during the periods when the show is being set up or dismantled.
Fire guards are further required by law to see that all exit doors are unlocked and unobstructed, that the aisles, corridors and other mean of egress are clear and free of obstruction. A fire guard is also required to keep standpipes, hose connections, fire extinguishers and other fire equipment identified, unobstructed and in working order. Combustible packing materials are not permitted to be stored behind or between exhibit booths or behind draperies.
To fulfill the requirements of the Municipal Code, fire guards must be licensed by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. To receive a license as a fire guard a person must:
Application for Fire Guard can be received by calling the Fire Prevention Bureau at 312-744-4762. A fee of $40.00 is charged. The Fire Prevention Bureau is authorized to suspend or revoke fire guard licenses if a fire guard does not perform the required duties. Licenses are valid for one year from the date issued. The Fire Guard’s certificate is required to be carried at all times while on duty.
PLEASE NOTE THE FIRE GUARD LICENSE IS VALID FOR ONE YEAR FROM ISSUANCE
Please call 312-744-4762 with any additional questions.