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High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9781856175555, 9780080877853

High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety

3rd Edition

Author: Geoff Craighead
eBook ISBN: 9780080877853
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175555
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th May 2009
Page Count: 696
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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



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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



"High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety is the book to have on your desk. With all the information out there, this is the practical, day-to-day compendium for all your security and life safety concerns." —Jesse E. Peterman, Director of Security, Empire State Building, New York City, 2003

"This well-edited book will serve as a reliable reference to all high-rise practitioners of fire/life safety, building operations, and security, from the front-line worker to the corporate executive. Its lively writing style is an added bonus for readers used to leaden prose in books of this type." —Robert X. McInerney, CPP, president of Robert X. McInerney Associates, Inc., Security Management, July 1996

"Outstanding book. Tons of facts and graphs. Some of the best historical information that I have seen in a book in yaers. Extensive research utilized as well as many great references used throughout the book." —Mark H. Beaudry, CPP, author of Contemporary Lodging Security

"The third edition of High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety is extraordinarily thorough. It is not possible to think of an issue relating to high-rise building security that has not been covered." —Dennis O. Challinger, Fellow of the Criminology Department, University of Melbourne, Australia; author of From the Ground Up: Security for Tall Buildings

"The text also provides valuable information on how to conduct risk assessments, and Craighead is again comprehensive in explaining the topic without being too technical. This new edition also comes with a CD-ROM that provides sample fire safety and security surveys, as well as a sample of a building emergency management plan and information pertaining to additional security and life-safety resources. Practitioners responsible for issues related to fire, life-safety, and security, as well as building managers, will find this third edition highly useful. It is a reliable textbook for anyone who requires a thorough, solid reference." --Security

"To survive and succeed in our ever-changing environment, security professionals must not only read, but apply the principles detailed in the second edition of High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety. It truly is a must read for people who are charged with maintaining a safe and secure high-rise workplace." —Carlos Villarreal, Director of Security, Sears Tower, Trizec Properties, Inc., Chicago; Chairman, ASIS International Commercial Real Estate Council, Chicago, Illinois, 2003

"Highly acclaimed in its first edition, the update of Geoff Craighead's High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety manages to outdo the original...It's destined to be a bible to building security professionals, an in-depth overview for other security professionals, and an engaging read for laypersons. This exceptional guide to the industry thoroughly addressess all relevant areas of security and life safety for high-rise buildings, exactly as the title promises." —Gina Arbeau, CPO, CSS, human resources manager for Group 4 Falck and former coordinator of security and life safety for Gulf Canada Square, Canada, Security Management, July 2005

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