BEST Volunteer Program (Business Education Safety Training)
What is the Mesa Fire/Medical Departments BEST Program?
The BEST program is specifically designed to assist the Fire Prevention
Division and low hazard businesses in our community. This program will help
eliminate fire and life safety hazards through education and identification.
The Mesa Fire/Medical Department and the BEST program volunteers are teaming
up with local businesses to educate and assist them in identifying and
avoiding these hazards. As part of the BEST program, trained volunteers will
make business education safety visits to 4,500 "low hazard" business
occupancies every three years. The BEST program has been developed by the
Prevention Division of the Mesa Fire/Medical Department in cooperation with
the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to support the safety and welfare
of our local businesses.
What the BEST Program Means to You:
A trained volunteer representative of the Mesa Fire/Medical
Department will visit your occupancy and request that the owner or manager
walk through a safety checklist with them. This checklist will help you to
eliminate fire and life safety hazards in your occupancy to aid in making it
safer for you. In addition, BEST volunteers will update fire
department documentation such as building preplans and emergency contact
information. The trained volunteer will also be servicing and maintaining
the emergency Knox Box systems, conducting safety training, and answering
Workplace Safety Checklist:
- Is the address posted in the front and back of the building?
- Is the fire lane clear for emergency vehicles?
- Can all exit doors be opened easily from inside?
- Doors with panic hardware have no other locking device?
- Do all exit doors have only one approved locking device?
- Are all aisles, stairs and exits clear and unobstructed?
- Are your exit signs/emergency lighting working?
- Are all electrical cords in good shape?
- Less than 30 gallons flammable liquids stored in the
- Is there an emergency evacuation plan posted?
- Are water heaters clear of storage as stated on appliance?
- Do all electric panels have a 30" clearance for easy access?
- Are all dumpsters 5' away from combustible walls?
- Is the occupant load posted and not exceeded?
- Have extinguishers been inspected and retagged this year?
- Do employees know where extinguishers are located?
Our Commitment to you...
The Mesa Fire/Medical Department is a full service organization that takes
pride in it's positive relationship with the community.
Our goal is to serve and increase safety in our community.
For more information on volunteer opportunities or program information,
please contact Mesa Fire/Medical Department Prevention Division