Fireguard info

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.

To request a letter of recommendation, please email the first and last name of your fireguard to

Here is an example of how the letter should be formatted:


Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention
9 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3857

Dear Sir/Madam:
I am pleased to recommend __________________________ to apply for a Certificate of (Applicant's name) Fitness for F-03: Indoor place of Assembly Safety Personnel. He/she has _______________ (years, months) of experience and receive the training in the performance of his/her duties in accordance with the fire safety and evacuation plan of the premises located at _______________________________________________________________________. (business address)
(signature of employer)
The recommendation letter should be on employer’s letterhead. If not on employers letterhead, signature must be notarized.

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 early warning.


New York City Fire Department

All You Need to Know About the Fireguard Certification:

Fire Guard Information

Test is Conducted at 9 Metrotech Plaza in Brooklyn