New York City and New York State
fire codes require that a New York City certified fireguard be
present at every public performance.
This is a very real requirement, and we cannot
make any concessions on this point.
We recommend that each producer get certified
or get their tech staff or house manager certified as a fireguard,
this is by far the easiest and cheapest solution. The test is
not difficult and not terribly time consuming, find the link to
the study guide to the left. All basic contact and location information
can be found on page two of the Fire Guard Information .pdf file.
A letter of recommendation is required by the
fire dept. We will be happy to provide it on Horse Trade letterhead
or you can use your own letterhead.
Here is an example of how the letter should be formatted:
I'm Pleased to recommend <Full
Name Here> to apply for a Certificate of Fitness
for Consolidated Exam for F94 Fire Guard.
He/She will be employed at:
<Name of Theater>
< Address of Theater>
Applicant is of good character and is physically able to perform
the function required by the holder of the Certificate of Fitness.
<Your name and signature here>
The fire Guard is required to fill out and sign the fire log before
each performance. Failure to do so will result in a fine, and
a cancellation of the performance plus a fine if the fire dept
catches it, so please make sure the log is signed.
Each theater has a fire log and each fire log
includes the official checklist of things that must be inspected
nightly, if the fireguard has any questions please feel free to
put them in touch with us.
If you cannot provide a fireguard, one
will be provided by Horse Trade for a fee of $75 per performance
plus a $100 penalty if we are not given 48 hours notice to fill
the position. Better rates are available for full runs and with