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Fire Evacuation Procedure

Document Number: EMER--109p Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/16/2013
Primary Author: Executive Director of Facilities and Safety Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 02/13/2012

General Description
Description / Scope:

Information about fire safety and evacuation procedures relative to emergency services policies and procedures.


Delineation of fire procedures.  See also RESLIFE-114.

Who Performs / Responsibility: All faculty, staff, students, and administrators

When to Perform: As needed

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Pre-Knowledge: Before performing this task you must know:
Current University policy
Standards of good practice

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

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Overview of Steps

Fire Evacuation Procedures

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Detailed Steps

Fire Evacuation Procedures

How to Do:

· If you spot a fire or smoke that you suspect indicates a fire, call 911.

· Identify yourself.

· Give the location of the fire.

· Notify Campus Security and the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety at the earliest possible opportunity

· If the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety is unavailable, notify the Executive Vice President at the earliest possible opportunity.


Fire Evacuation Procedures--Step-by-Step

How to Do:

1. Know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm systems in your area and know how to use them.

2. Maintaining the safety of every employee and student on campus is the top priority. Bearing that in mind, if a minor fire appears controllable, call Campus Security and then use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Remember to direct the charge toward the base of the flame. After the fire is extinguished, notify Campus Security unless they are already on the scene of the fire.

3. If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm. Caution: The building alarms ring only in some buildings; you must report the fire by phone to Campus Security.

4. If a fire is controlled without calling 911, Campus Security should still be notified.

5. On large fires that do not appear controllable, IMMEDIATELY call 911. Then evacuate all rooms, closing all doors to confine fire and reduce oxygen. DO NOT LOCK DOORS! As soon as possible, notify Security and the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety.

6. When notified of fire, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.

7. Everyone is expected to evacuate campus building(s) in all alarm situations.

8. ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN EXITING THE BUILDING! Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.

9. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep street, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.

10. Follow all instructions of emergency response teams.

11. An Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. To facilitate emergency operations, please stay away from the Command Post unless you have official business.

12. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless you are given the “all clear” signal by the appropriate university personnel. The signal that the staff and students can return to an evacuated building will be initiated by emergency response personnel. Once the Emergency Director receives the “all clear” signal, s/he will communicate this to the Building Runners, who will notify evacuated staff and students that they can return to the building.


Important Fire Information

How to Do:

It is important for all Cumberland University employees and students to be aware of the various types of fires and fire extinguishers.


Types of Fires - There are three types, or classes, of fires which are denoted by letter codes.

Class A: used to denote wood, paper, cloth, trash, and other ordinary materials.

Class B: gasoline, grease, oil, paint, and other flammable liquids.

Class C: denotes live electrical equipment.


Types of Fire Extinguishers - There are four basic types of fire extinguishers:

Water: This should be used on Class A fires only.

Dry Chemical(BC): This type of extinguisher discharges a sodium bicarbonate powder and should be used on Class B and Class C type fires. Carbon dioxide (CO2) which discharges liquid carbon dioxide and should only be used on Class B and C type fire.

ABC: This is a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher which discharges ammonium-phosphate powder and can be used on any class of fire.


Most fire extinguishers on campus are the ABC type and can be used for any type of fire. To operate an extinguisher, hold upright, pull ring pin on handle, squeeze the lever and sweep side to side.


Any employee who uses a fire extinguisher should report it to the maintenance department so the fire extinguisher can be recharged.


Evacuation Assembly Areas for Fire

How to Do:

Memorial Hall ~ Quad Behind Flagpole


Bone Hall ~ Quad Behind Flagpole


Labry Hall ~ Quad Behind Flagpole


Vise Library ~ Quad Behind Flagpole


Dallas Floyd Recreation Center ~ Quad Area at Justin Potter


Fine Arts Center ~ Grass Area in Front of Library


Mitchell Student Center ~ Quad area by Gone Hall


Alumni House ~ Grass Area in Front of Library


Art Academy ~ Grass Area Behind Rudy House


Justin Potter Hall ~ Quad Area at Flagpole


Mary White Hall ~ Quad Area at Flagpole


Edward Potter Hall ~ Quad Area at Flagpole


Commons I ~ Quad Area at Justin Potter


Commons II ~ Practice Soccer Field


Football Fieldhouse ~ Softball Field


Benton-Jennings Batting Facility ~ Grass Area in Front of Library


Baseball Fieldhouse ~ Grass Area in Front of Library


Rudy House ~ Grass Area at Library


Lawlor House ~ Grass Area at Bone Hall


LSSD School House ~ Grass Area in Front of Library


Maintenance Headquarters ~ Behind Commons I or across street


Softball Fieldhouse ~ Practice Football Field


Wrestling Building ~ Far End of Soccer Field


McFarland Center (Nursing) ~ Lebanon High School parking lot across the street


Phoenix Plaza ~ Journey Church parking lot


Shiloh Plaza Nursing Center ~ Behind the Citgo gas station


Providence ~ Parking lot near main entrance

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Executive VP

Executive Director of Facilities and Safety

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