Emergency and Fire Evacuation Plans
IN CASE OF FIRE
- CALL Campus
Safety EXTENSION 911.
- PULL the
nearest fire alarm pull box to activate the alarm and notify
others of the fire.
- EXIT the
building by the nearest available exit.
NOT USE THE ELEVATORS TO EVACUATE
DO NOT RETURN TO
THE BUILDING UNTIL THE AUDIBLE FIRE ALARM STOPS OR TOLD TO REUTRN
BY CAMPUS SAFETY.
campus safety or fire department personnel
of anyone trapped in the building or
fires and fire emergencies must be
reported to campus police (911) or
(7770), even if the fire has been extinguished
or the emergency resolved.
IF YOU CANNOT LEAVE
the door to your room.
campus police at EXTENSION 911 and
notify them of your position.
out your window for help.
low to the floor where the air
is less toxic and wait for assistance.
RESIDENT HALL EVACUATION PROCEDURES
RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVACUATION
- It is a resident's or occupant's responsibility to evacuate a building
when the building evacuation alarm is sounded, or a smoke alarm or
audible warning is heard. The procedures below are to be followed by
residents or occupants during fire emergencies.
- REPORTING FIRE. The person who first discovers a fire emergency
(sees fire, smoke, suspects a fire, or hears an alarm) should do
- CALL CAMPUS SAFETY (911) AND REPORT THE FIRE. If calling from
off-campus dial #911 and you will be in contacts with Ottawa
County Central Dispatch. You may relay the same information to
them and they will dispatch the fire department. If on campus,
dial #911 and you will contact the Campus Safety Department.
In addition you may report the fire to a college staff person
(building safety warden) or other person on duty if it can be
- PULL the nearest local building alarm or fire
box, then alert occupants on all floors if it can be done safely.
of other occupants should be solicited to evacuate the building.
the building by the nearest available exit and proceed
to assigned assembly area. (appendix B)
- State Law requires that
all fires be reported. Report all fire emergencies to the Campus
Police at extension #911.
- Contact the office of Health and Fire
Safety (extension 7999), Campus Safety (extension 7770) or the
Student Development Office
to report day-to-day hazards that you may encounter. STAY
ALERT FOR HAZARDS! The life you save may be your OWN!
- RESPONSIBILITIES OF RESIDENT DIRECTORS
- Insure that all occupants are evacuating and have reported
to the appropriate assembly area. To make sure that Resident
Assistants report their areas cleared.
- Assist Resident Assistants
or Campus Safety in evacuating the mobility impaired person's
if it can be done safely.
- Immediately notify the Campus Safety
Office or fire official of any occupants not accounted for.
supervision of all occupants in the assembly area.
- Supply the
campus safety or fire officials with a list of all resident/occupants
injured as a result of the fire emergency.
FIRE EMERGENCY SURVIVAL:
Following the procedures below during a fire emergency could save your
- Know where all building emergency exits are located. If you hear
a building evacuation alarm, leave the building by the nearest safe
exit. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!
- Know the location of the assembly area
for your building. It is important to proceed to the assembly area
as quickly as possible
so that a check can be made to account for all residents.
- If you suspect
fire in the hallway (the door is hot or you see smoke coming in around
the door)... DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! Remain calm
- Stuff material (wet rags if possible or tape) in the cracks around
the door to keep smoke out of the room.
- Dampen a cloth with water,
place it over your nose, breath lightly through it.
- DO NOT STAND
UP, keep low near the floor where the air is less toxic. Crawl to
your window. Check outside of your window and if
you do not see heavy smoke or flame below you may open your window
for fresh air.
- If you are trapped in a room hang something out your window
to signal for help. If you have a flash light signal rescue personnel
with it. Call Campus Safety at extension #911 and let them know where
you are, building, room number, etc. Continue to signal out your window
- Do not attempt to fight the fire with fire extinguishers.
They are to be used only to assist you in exiting the building. Someone
behind you may need a fire extinguisher to save his/her life.
- If you
can do so safely, close doors behind you as you leave. This will help
confine the fire. CAUTION- DO NOT LOCK YOURSELF OUT OF
YOUR ROOM AS YOU MAY FIND YOUR ESCAPE ROUTE BLOCKED BY FIRE OR SMOKE.
your clothing catch fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL. Rolling on the ground
will help to smother the fire.
- If you are disabled (even temporarily),
notify your Resident Director, Resident Assistant, or neighbors. Staff
will notify emergency rescue
personnel and help you to evacuate. Locate areas of refuge (stair
enclosure or fire door protected rooms). It may be safer to remain
in your room and have the staff and fire department personnel come
to your rescue. Areas of refuge will help you remain safe from the
fire until help arrives.
Participate in fire drills. Drills are conducted to familiarize you with
building alarm exit locations, assembly areas, and procedures for requesting
- Report damaged fire doors and fire exit signs to extension 7999.
All fire exits require illuminated exit signs.
- Keep fire extinguishers
unobstructed and accessible. Report fire extinguishers that are discharged
or missing to Health and Fire Safety
- Keep smoke detectors clear of all foreign objects.
Smoke inhalation can kill you without awakening you. Smoke detectors
detect fire and
smoke and will awaken you in time to evacuate.
- Do not RE-ENTER a building
that has been evacuated due to fire emergency until campus safety officers
or the fire department have authorized
you to do so by silencing the audible alarm or indicating to staff
that re-entry is permissible.
FIRE EMERGENCY RESPONSE & RESPONSIBILITY
Fire Emergency Definition
- The Campus Safety Department will respond to all reports of fire
emergencies occurring on college property.
- A fire emergency exists when:
- An uncontrolled fire or imminent fire hazard occurs (presence
of smoke or smell of burning material).
- A building evacuation
(fire) alarm is activated.
- There is a spontaneous or abnormal
heating of any material.
- An uncontrolled release of a combustible
or toxic gas occurs.
- A flammable liquid spill occurs.
Campus Police Responsibilities
- The Campus Police (Department of Public Safety) is responsible for
the accomplishment or coordination of the following functions during
- Respond to and investigate all fire emergencies.
- Insure that all
non-emergency personnel are evacuated from buildings and areas
that have been identified for handicapped persons and
other occupants who may have experienced difficulties due to
- In conjunction with Resident Life, staff persons (building
safety wardens), and other college personnel, verify that mobility
persons and other occupants are accounted for.
- Direct fire personnel
and equipment to fire emergency areas.
- Direct building occupants to
designed assembly areas.
- Assist emergency personnel in gaining access
to critical areas.
- Control vehicle and pedestrian movement into and
out of the fire emergency area.
- Maintain casualty evacuation roster
of college members who are transported to the hospital for medical
- Insure that the fire emergency scene is secured until
its release has been authorized by an in-command Fire Chief or Fire
- The campus safety officer on the scene of all fire alarms
in addition to giving the "all clear," provide
the Resident Director with all facts surrounding the
incident before departing
MOBILITY IMPAIRED EVACUATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Staff, students, and faculty are requested to assist any handicapped
or temporarily disabled persons during fire emergencies.
- The Resident Director and Building Safety Warden's are responsible
for maintaining a current list of all mobility impaired persons in
the building.. Each Resident Director on duty should have copies of
the list. During a fire emergency one copy should be distributed to
the Fire Department and Campus Police. Temporarily disabled persons
should be included on the list for the duration of their disability.
Directors and Building Safety Wardens are asked to check on and assist
with evacuation of mobility impaired persons, if it
can be done without personnel danger.
- If a mobility impaired or
temporarily disabled individual cannot safely evacuate or safely be
assisted in evacuation, he/she is to
remain in the room, keep the door closed and if possible, open
or break out the window. If there is a telephone in the room dial #911
and advise campus safety as to his/her location. A piece of clothing
should be hung out the window or a flashlight used at night to
- Rescue of mobility impaired persons is the first
priority of Fire and Campus Safety Officers. Emergency rescue efforts
will be guided
staff information relative to mobility impaired individuals or
others still needing evacuation status.
- It is the responsibility of
the mobility impaired person to inform the Resident Director as to
his/her need to be placed on or removed
from the list. The individual is considered to be the best judge
of their mobility.
FIRE EMERGENCY TRAINING
- FIRE DRILLS Hope College strives to conduct a fire drill in each of
the resident halls once each semester. Academic- Adminstrative Building
drills are also scheduled each semester.
- Fire drills will consist of one announced and one unannounced during
the academic school year. These drills are designed to train and evaluate
faculty, staff, and students in emergency evacuation procedures. Administrative
staff, including the Building Safety Wardens, Residential Life Staff,
Campus Safety and Health and Fire Safety will assist in evacuation
and evaluation of the drills
- Fire drill schedule shall be coordinated
with the Director of Health and Fire Safety, Campus Safety, Director
of Housing, and Building
- Residential Life Staff Training During orientation week of each Fall
Semester all new Residential staff (RD's and RA's) will receive a one
hour course of instruction on fire safety. This training will consist
of general instruction on fire extinguishers, and fire safety procedures.
In addition to the one hour training all RD and RA staff will receive
a short pre-fire-drill training session. This training will go over
the responsibilities for Resident Life Staff as outlined in this policy
and to answer any questions that the staff might have.
- Staff Training All new campus safety officers, staff custodial employees,
food service employees will be required to be trained in fire evacuation
procedures and fire extinguisher use.
- Building Safety Wardens for each building will consist of custodial
staff member who has been trained in evacuation procedures and fire
- Campus Safety Officers will receive training on evacuation
procedures for all areas, fire systems training, and fire extinguisher
- Food service employees will receive training on fire extinguisher