High-rise Fire Prevention Meeting Agenda

The City of Miami requires a meeting with the Fire Prevention Bureau (engineering section) for any buildings exceeding 300 feet in height. Below, you’ll find the points of discussion for this meeting.


1.     Project overview

a)     building address

b)     use/occupancy type

c)     number of stories

d)     area per floor level

e)     highest occupied story

2.     Fire department access

3.     Fire command room location

a)     Access from address side of building

b)     Direct access to lobby

c)     Direct access to stairwell

4.     Exit discharge remoteness on ground floor

5.     Interior exit stairway remoteness of not less than one third overall diagonal dimension of the building/area served or 30 ft. (whichever is greater)

6.     One additional interior exit stairway required (for buildings more than 420 ft. in height, other than Group R-2)

7.     Amenities deck

a)     Proposed occupant load

b)     Required egress capacity

8.     Enclosed parking garage requirements

a)     Carbon monoxide

b)     CO

c)     NO2

d)     Fire code full speed fan/ building code route numbers

9.     Post-fire smoke removal

10.  Stairwell pressurization

11.  Two fire service access elevators

a)     Elevator lobby required

b)     Direct access to an interior exit stairway from the lobby

12.  Elevator shaft pressurization if elevator lobby is not provided

13.  Floor-to-floor smoke control required if the fire service elevator lobby is not provided (FBC 3007.6 Exception 2)

14.  Fire alarm

a)     Emergency voice/alarm communication system

b)     Stairway video monitoring for buildings with an occupant load of 4,000 or more

15.  Emergency responder radio coverage – BDA system

16.  Emergency and standby power

a)     Emergency power shut off

b)     Remote fuel port/dispenser

17.  Fire service line

a)     2 water mains located on different streets required (for buildings more than 420 ft. in height)

b)     2 connections to the same water main only permitted where a second water main is not possible due to the project’s location/property line

18.  Water supply for each zone above low zone

a)     2 or more separate and direct supply pipes

b)     Each supply pipe sized to meet the system’s flow and pressure requirements automatically and independently

19.  Fire department connections

a)     Two remotely located FDCs for each zone

b)     At least one set of FDCs required on address side

c)     FDCs sized to meet system demand of corresponding zone

20.  Fire pump room locations

a)     Direct access from exterior

b)     Direct access through an enclosed, fire-rated passageway from an enclosed stairway

21.  Fire pump arrangement

22.  Redundant fire pumps required for every zone above the low zone

23.  Standpipe system zoning, maximum working pressure for each zone

24.  Fire water tank required for upper zones with a hose connection at 575 ft. above the lowest level of fire department access

a)     Full fire protection demand

b)     At least two tanks or compartments required

25.  Fire water tank filling arrangement 

a)     Automatic and manual refill valves required

b)     Refill from standpipe riser from zone below

26.  All components (i.e., valves, FDC) listed/rated for zone maximum working pressure

27.  Schedule 40 piping where working pressure exceeds 300 psi

28.  Pressure reducing valves 

29.  Sprinkler system supply – minimum 2 risers required, each riser supplying sprinkler systems on alternate floors