Tents and other fabric-type structures should comply with the separation distances
and exposure protection requirements of NFPA Standard 80A.
In all cases, the required separation distance should be based on the "worst case" between the
structures, such as when structures are positioned on an angle. Required distances to separate
permanent buildings or facilities from relocatable structures should be determined in a similar
manner. Due to the many factors that must be considered for permanent buildings, NFPA 80A
should be used to establish their separation distance.
Exposures presented by exterior canopies, connecting walkways, etc. should also be considered
when determining separation distances and protection features.
There should be no storage of combustible or hazardous materials between the relocatable
structure and the exposed building(s).
6.2 Location Restrictions
Relocatable structures should be placed so emergency vehicles can operate within 100
feet (30 meters) of the structure. The space between the structure and the road should be
free of natural obstructions that would prevent or severely restrict access by emergency
responders. Security barriers should be designed in a manner that permits emergency
access. Landscaping and similar non-essential obstructions should not restrict emergency
Relocatable structures should not be located where they impede or otherwise hinder
personnel egress or ingress to, or within, other facilities or structures.
Relocatable structures should not be located where they impede or otherwise hinder the
access of emergency response vehicles to other facilities or structures.
Relocatable structures should not be placed inside permanent facilities that do not have
sprinklers unless a fire hazards analysis demonstrates that there is no significant increase
in fire risk to the facility. Structures that are placed inside permanent facilities should be
protected with the same level of fire protection as provided for the permanent facility.