Client: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Job Description: Life Safety Survey

Cherokee, acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of State's (DoS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), conducted a survey of the new International Law Enforcement Agency (ILEA) Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of this survey was to determine if the life safety features had been appropriately designed and installed, when compared to the requirements of National Fire Protection Association's Code No. 101, Life Safety Code. The Life Safety Code is a recognized industry standard and referenced or adopted by numerous building codes, municipalities, branches of the U.S. military and Federal agencies. Compliance with this Code is generally considered as the minimum basis for an acceptable level of safety during a fire event.

Cherokee detailed the life safety deficiencies found at the ILEA mixed-use occupancy building, and provided recommendations which will correct the deficiency, provided alternate measures to reduce the risk associated with the deficiency, or suggested accepting the condition while recognizing the associated risk. When alternate measures were provided, the alternatives were based on reducing the greatest amount of risk with the smallest financial investment and/or the least disruption to operations. Not only were Life Safety Code deficiencies identified, but also issues with the standpipe system, fire alarm system and the back-up power supply for the building.


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