Addressing Security, Fire Safety + Emergency Management

As the coronavirus pandemic is pushing hospitals’ capacity to its limits, organizations such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working with federal, state and local agencies, as well as hundreds of healthcare organizations to rapidly construct alternate care sites.

Leveraging our global team of experts, including the largest number of fire protection engineers, we provide analysis and recommendations to government agencies, healthcare facilities and facility managers, helping to prevent and mitigate a range of fire, emergency management and security-related risks to these temporary facilities.

Fire Protection + Life Safety

As the spread of COVID-19 is stretching operational systems in healthcare, critical fire and life safety needs must be balanced with patient care. Fire and building safety involves many areas from fire protection consulting to code consulting to fire hazard analysis. Our engineers and consultants can leverage our existing relationships with AHJs (Authority Having Jurisdiction) to expedite the permitting and design process for USACE and FEMA teams.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineering has mandated the inclusion of a registered Fire Protection Engineer on all Alternate Care Sites projects. We have the most fire protection engineers in the U,S. We will help tackle aggressive challenges and provide rapid response to the needs of those on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.

Security Master Plan

Security is critically important to assure the safety of both staff and patients. The best way to ensure a cohesive approach to security at any surge or ACS location is to develop a Security Master Plan that will enable you to prioritize, estimate the cost, and implement risk mitigation measures that can be adapted if the facility’s operational or threat environment changes. As part of the plan, we review and develop an exterior security plan, evaluate and design security checkpoints; review and develop existing physical and technical security controls; develop and implement a site-specific credentialing plan for all persons entering the facility; and create an overarching transportation plan regarding how all vehicles securely access the facility

All-Hazard Planning

The development of a rapid response plan to emergencies — such as fire, weather, utility system failures and external threats to the facility — is key to helping protect staff and patients. We ensure that staff and patients, who may be incapable of self-preservation, are protected from human, technological and natural disasters or threats. We conduct life safety code reviews, hazard vulnerability assessments, fire evacuation planning, and communication planning.

Our Team of Experts

Our multi-disciplinary team is composed of experienced leaders and experts in world-class security, fire and emergency management domains. These include, for example, global and local crisis planning for healthcare facilities; healthcare emergency management training; complex protective operations planning for federal, state and municipal crisis response and protest management; and interagency planning supporting complex, large-scale events such as National Special Security Events.

How We've Protected Your World

Converting an old Lowe’s store into a coronavirus hospital

Joseph Reppucci talks to the Providence Journal about our work helping to convert space into Alternate Care Sites.

Supply Chain Disruptions + Business Continuity During COVID-19

Review the tactical response for a supply chain disruption and critical actions to take in rapidly developing a solution.

Considerations of Protection for HRR Enclosures White Paper

Mar 22, 2021

A look at the Challenges with Gypsum Enclosures and Potential Alternatives.

Guidance on Fire-Resistive Duct Assemblies White Paper

Jan 14, 2021

A look at how fire-resistive duct assemblies apply to non-symmetrical wall construction.

Surge Capacity Snapshot

Sep 30, 2020

Our team can help you tailor a plan for your healthcare organization to prepare for a sudden patient surge.

Mutual Aid Plans Snapshot

Sep 30, 2020

Our team can provide you support for Mutual Aid Plans to connect resources of healthcare facilities and community partners.

Remote Event After Action Snapshot

Sep 30, 2020

Our team can provide remote After-Action Report and Improvement Plan support for healthcare organizations.

Emergency Management Snapshot

Sep 30, 2020

Our experts can provide on-demand, remote Incident Management Team support for your emergency preparedness plan.

Alternate Care Sites-All-Hazard Plan Development

Apr 10, 2020

Our team can provide rapid response plans to help keep staff and patients safe.

Alternate Care Sites-Security Master Plan

Apr 10, 2020

Our team can help support the security master plans for Alternate Care Sites.

Non-Traditional Site Conversions

Apr 9, 2020

We can support the conversion of Non-Traditional Sites for hospital overflow across a diverse set of occupancies.

Alternate Care Sites-Stadiums + Arenas

Apr 9, 2020

Our team can support the conversion of existing stadium and arena facilities into Alternate Care Sites.

Alternate Care Sites-Government

Apr 9, 2020

Our team can support the conversion of existing government facilities into Alternate Care Sites.

Alternate Care Sites-Healthcare

Apr 9, 2020

Our team can support the conversion of existing healthcare facilities into Alternate Care Sites.

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