During orientation each semester, all faculty, staff and students are notified of fire extinguishers, fire hoses, emergency exits and manual alarm systems across campus and how to use them. Specific training is provided to Safety Captains who are on duty on each floor. Safety Captains receive specific training regarding the use of fire extinguishers and/or hoses, assessing a fire hazard, and notifying emergency officials.
The main building has an active fire control detection and suppression system. Signs of an active fire (smoke, gas odors, and/or increased room temperatures) automatically activates the fire alarm. In addition, there are manual station alarms located throughout the campus that can be activated by breaking glass and pulling the alarm.
If a minor fire appears controllable, Administrative Services should be immediately notified. The individual or local Safety Captain should then promptly direct the charge of the fire extinguisher or water from the fire hose toward the base of the flame.
If the fire appears uncontrollable and poses a threat to health and safety, General Affairs should be immediately notified to request that the building evacuation alarm be sounded (if the automatic system has not previously sounded). All rooms should then be evacuated, closing all doors to confine the fire and reduce oxygen. Doors must not be locked upon exit.
Once the building evacuation alarm is sounded, the nearest Safety Captain will be mobilized to assist with the evacuation of their area by directing people to safety exits. Additional help will be provided to any handicapped individuals that require assistance. If a smoke event exists, the Safety Captain will remind everyone to stay as close to the floor as possible during evacuation. Evacuees will muster at three designated safety muster points located in outside areas clear of hazards.
Individuals will not return to the buildings until an “all clear” has been given by Emergency Responders or College officials.
1) If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a signal for the rescue crews. If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews. Do not panic.
2) After any evacuation, report to your designated campus assembly point. Stay there until an accurate headcount is taken.