Fire Protection and Security at the Denver Federal Center

LCD-77-341: Published: May 19, 1977. Publicly Released: May 19, 1977.

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Tenant agencies in the Denver Federal Center have dangerous housekeeping practices, and half of the space in the Center does not have sprinkler systems.

The Regional Administrator said that the tenant agency personnel were not interested in fire-safety courses and that funding for sprinklers had been hard to obtain. The headquarters officials said that the region has the authority to enforce fire-safety regulations, and should report violators to tenant agency heads who are responsible for taking disciplinary action. Furthermore, regional administrators must decide how much to spend on sprinklers and coordinate such work with other building repairs. The four officers of the Federal Protective Service protecting the Center seem to compare favorably with the local community's force.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: To improve fire protection at the Center, the Administrator of General Services should follow up to determine whether the Regional Administrator: (1) obtains the cooperation of tenant agency heads in requiring fire-safety training for tenant personnel responsible for handling flammable materials and complying with fire regulations and in issuing warnings to any of their personnel responsible for fire-safety violations; (2) recommends to tenant agency heads suspension or other appropriate action against repeat offenders; and (3) increases the number of fire-department inspections in high-hazard areas and in buildings without fire-protection systems until the General Services Administration has such systems installed.

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