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Building Emergency Systems

The Russ Building is equipped with an electronic fire/life safety system, which is monitored by on site personnel and remotely 24 hours a day. The fire annunciator panel located in the main lobby provides fire department personnel and building management with the location of the alarm in the event of a fire.


The main components of the fire/life safety system are smoke detectors, pull stations and a fire sprinkler system. Smoke detectors and pull stations function as early warning devices. When a smoke detector or pull station is activated, fire alarms sound on that floor, as well as one floor above and two floors below.


We must periodically test the life safety system, as required by city code. Smoke detector and sprinkler tests are usually performed with no interruption to tenants. Alarms and strobes are almost always tested on weekends.


An annual fire drill will be held for each floor. Drills may seem disruptive but this allows us to ensure that the system is working properly and repair any faults the system may have. It also allows you to practice what to do in the event of an emergency, without the panic of a true emergency. The Building Office will send out advanced notification of drill dates. Our Life Safety Director also hosts annual life safety training sessions for Tenant Fire Wardens. The meetings last for about 30 minutes. Prior to the class, a letter will be sent out with a list of dates. All Tenant Fire Wardens are encouraged to attend. Upon notification, you can sign up through the Building Office. The Life Safety Director is also available throughout the year to provide tenant staff training. Contact the Building Office for more information.


We request that you designate a Fire Warden for your office, as well as an alternate or two. Other life safety team members include stair exit wardens, elevator safety monitor, and searchers. Click here to view the “Russ Building Life Safety Plan” for more detailed information about these positions. Names of all life-safety team members should be available to your company as well as kept on file at the Building Office and updated as necessary.


The office warden should be aware of any physically challenged individuals who would require assistance exiting the building. A confidential list should be forwarded to the Building Office for the fire department’s use in case of emergency.


If fire or smoke is detected in the building:

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm
  • Call 911
  • Notify the Building Office
  • Leave the floor via EXIT stairwell, as instructed over the public address system. Do not use elevators!


Located in the main lobby of the building is a Fire Command Center, which is the command center for the Life Safety System. This room provides a central location for emergency and building personnel to communicate with one another, building occupants, and emergency personnel en route to and at the emergency site. The following are housed in the Fire Command Center:


Fire Alarm Panel:

This illuminated display panel shows normal, fire or malfunction conditions at each floor. The panel constantly monitors the status of the manual pull stations and smoke detectors, and sprinkler flow alarms on each floor.


Building Communication Panels:

This consists of the P.A. System for the entire building. Should you hear the building alarm sound you should stand by for instructions that will be announced over the P.A. System. This system functions automatically and will begin relocation announcements to the affected floors.


Elevator Control Panel:

This panel monitors the floor position of each elevator in the building and its status. It also provides keyed switches for emergency personnel to use during an emergency and switches for emergency power control.