Fire Procedures


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Discovered By Security Officer

  • Immediately dial 9-1-1 and pull alarm.
  • Notify other Security Officers by radio of the location of the fire.
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire, if possible, by using appropriate methods.
  • Search immediate area for persons in building, if possible.
  • Unless otherwise directed, go to designated area and await further instructions or the arrival of emergency personnel.
  • Take nearest stairway down; do not use the elevator if there is a fire.
  • Maintenance Personnel should be used to augment Security Officers for entrance/exit control.
  • Help initiate Evacuation Plan if ordered by client representatives.
  • Request additional Security Officer support from local Vinson Guard Service, Inc. Office.

***Complete an Incident Report.***



Your responsibility is to know how to prevent, detect and extinguish fires, so that the loss of life and property is minimized.

  1. How a fire starts: Any fire requires three elements and without all three, there can be no fire. Fire must have heat (friction), oxygen (air), and fuel (anything that will burn). To stop a fire, remove one of the elements.
  2. Extinguishing a fire: There are three ways to stop a fire: cool it (eliminate heat), smother it (remove the air) or starve it (take away the fuel).
  3. Tools: There are specific tools to combat specific types of fire - the right tool should be used for the type of fire encountered.



  1. Know the location of the fire fighting equipment on your post and know how to use them.
  2. Know the locations of the main shut-off for electricity, gas and fuel, as well as other flammable liquids.
  3. Prevent fires by safe practices – Security Officer’s are ONLY ALLOWED to smoke in designated areas. Make certain that ashes are disposed of properly.
  4. If you smell something burning but can't see the fire, it may be located in the ceiling or walls. Check doors with your hands - if they are warm, do not open.
  5. If you have detected a fire, the following steps shall be followed:
  • Extinguish small fires by smothering them or by using a small extinguisher, after you have called the Fire Department.
  • For larger or hidden fires, call the Fire Department, pull an alarm box and report to designated area.
  • Stand by to direct the Fire Department immediately to the scene.
  • Notify local Vinson Officer of the fire.
  • Upon the arrival of the Fire Department and notification to all other concerned parties, it is essential that you continue your SECURITY function - the fire may be a diversion to allow a person or persons to commit other acts within the facility.


The following is a list of general fire classification:

  1. Class A Fire: Wood, paper, cloth, rubbish and other combustible solid material.
  2. Class B Fire: Gasoline, oil, paint, cooking fat or other combustible liquid.
  3. Class C Fire: Electrical equipment (Motors, switches, appliances, etc.)
  4. Class D Fire: Combustible metal shavings, such as magnesium alloy or titanium.


Extinguishers: Most new extinguishers operate the same - a plastic or wire seal secures a pin in the handle. Break the seal or wire, remove the pin and squeeze the handle to discharge the contents.

  1. CO2 - Be certain to grip the nozzle by the handle, (CO2 freezes the nozzle below the handle and could cause you to sustain frostbite). Use CO2 on Class B and C Fires. When using on Class B fire, aim at the back of the fire and allow the fog to form a blanket over the fire - if you aim at the fire, the force of the fog may splash the burning liquid.
  2. ABC or Dry Chemical - Use on Class A, B, or C Fires. The powder should be fanned over the fire from side to side. Never aim directly at the burning liquid. Try to bounce the powder at the rear, using a sweeping motion.
  3. Foam - Not generally used but they can be used on Class A or B fires. Apply to flammable liquid in the same manner as CO2 or dry chemical. Allow the foam to "float", and smother the fire.

In the event of an emergency or you are unsure of your specific post responsibilities, call your local office or designated supervisor for assistance.

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If unable to contact your local office, in the event of an emergency, you may call Vinson Guard Service, Inc. Corporate 24 hour dispatch at