The purpose of this manual is to increase the safety of emergency responders and building occupants by providing information about how firefighters typically interact with building features and fire protection systems during fires and similar emergencies. By better understanding the needs of the fire service, designers and code officials can work together to streamline fire service emergency operations within the built environment.
This publication is to be used voluntarily, as a companion to mandatory and advisory provisions in fire codes, building codes, life safety codes, safety regulations, and standards for fire protection systems. The material contained in this document focuses on ways that stakeholders listed above can contribute to the efficiency of operations during emergency incidents in both new and existing structures. Proper design and approval should be followed by suitable installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance.