High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety

High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety

3rd Edition - May 7, 2009

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  • Author: Geoff Craighead
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080877853
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175555

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High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, 3e, is a comprehensive reference for managing security and fire life safety operations within high-rise buildings. It spells out the unique characteristics of skyscrapers from a security and fire life safety perspective, details the type of security and life safety systems commonly found in them, outlines how to conduct risk assessments, and explains security policies and procedures designed to protect life and property. Craighead also provides guidelines for managing security and life safety functions, including the development of response plans for building emergencies. This latest edition clearly separates out the different types of skyscrapers, from office buildings to hotels to condominiums to mixed-use buildings, and explains how different patterns of use and types of tenancy impact building security and life safety.

Key Features

  • Differentiates security and fire life safety issues specific to: Office towers; Hotels; Residential and apartment buildings; Mixed-use buildings
  • Updated fire and life safety standards and guidelines
  • Includes a CD-ROM with electronic versions of sample survey checklists, a sample building emergency management plan, and other security and fire life safety resources


Security and life safety directors, security consultants, and contract security firms, building designers and architects, commercial building owners and property managers.

Table of Contents

  • Author's Biography
    Foreword to the Third Edition
    Foreword to the Second Edition
    Foreword to the First Edition

    Chapter 1: High-Rise Building Definition, Development, and Use
    Chapter 2: Security and Fire Life Safety Uniqueness of High-Rise Buildings
    Chapter 3: Security and Fire Life Safety Threats
    Chapter 4: Risk Assessments
    Chapter 5: Building Security Systems and Equipment 
    Chapter 6: Building Fire Life Safety Systems and Equipment
    Chapter 7: Management of the Security Function
    Chapter 8: Investigations
    Chapter 9: Office Buildings
    Chapter 10: Hotel Buildings
    Chapter 11: Residential and Apartment Buildings
    Chapter 12: Mixed-Use Buildings
    Chapter 13: Liaison with Law Enforcement and Fire Authorities
    Chapter 14: Laws, Codes, Standards, and Guidelines
    The World's Tallest Buildings
    Abbreviations and Conversions


Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: May 7, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080877853
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175555

About the Author

Geoff Craighead

Geoff Craighead is Vice President of High-Rise Services for Pinkerton, a Securitas Company. He has been involved with the security and life safety operations of high-rise facilities for over twenty years. He has been the security and fire safety director of a 62-story skyscraper and has conducted extensive security surveys and training, developed security policies and procedures, and written building emergency plans. He is certified by the Los Angeles Fire Department to provide high-rise life safety services and is Board Certified in Security Management (CPP) by ASIS International. He currently serves as President of the Professional Certification Board that administers certification programs for security professionals throughout the world, and Co-Chair of the BOMA Greater Los Angeles Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President, High-Rise and Real Estate Services, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA

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