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Fire Safety Report 2011

Ferrum College Higher Education Opportunity Act

Annual Campus Fire Safety Annual Compliance Report—2011

 

 

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, requires colleges and universities to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards and fire-related on-campus statistics.  The following report details all information required by law as it relates to Ferrum College during Calendar Year 2010.

 

Fire Safety Equipment and Statistics

 

Ferrum College has ten residence halls, on campus, and twelve apartment buildings, on campus and off campus.  Each residence hall is equipped with a fire alarm system monitored 24/7 by a private alarm monitoring company.  In the event of an alarm notifications are sent to: Franklin County Sheriff’s Department 911 dispatch; Ferrum College Police; and Physical Plant staff.  Ferrum College Police can directly communicate with 911 dispatch via two-way radios.  The chart listed below indicates the fire safety equipment in each hall as well as fire statistics for the past two years:

 

Residence Hall

Monitored

Detectors

Pull Stations

Sprinkler

Fire Extinguisher

Arthur

X

X

X

X

X

Bassett, East

X

X

X

X

X

Bassett, North

X

X

X

 

X

Chapman

X

X

X

 

X

Clark

X

X

X

X

X

Dyer

X

X

X

X

X

Moore

X

X

X

X

X

Riddick

X

X

X

 

X

Roberts

X

X

X

X

X

Susannah Wesley

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

Apartments

Monitored

Detectors

Pull Stations

Sprinkler

Fire Extinguisher

Hillcrest

 

X

 

 

X

Village, East

 

X

 

 

X

Village, West

 

X

 

 

X

602 Apartments                  

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

Fire Incidents

 

Calendar Year 2009— During calendar year 2009, there were no fires, fire-related deaths or injuries or fire-related property damage at Ferrum College.

 

 Calendar Year 2010—During calendar year 2010, in December a fire occurred in Moore Hall.  A student was cooking and left a pot unattended on the stove on the ground floor kitchen of Moore Hall.  Something in the stove eye caught fire resulting in a flame.  The fire alarm was activated for Moore Hall.  The on-duty RA extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher and the Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department responded and assisted in clearing the smoke from the lobby.  There were no injuries or monetary damages from this fire.  There were no other fire incidents on the Ferrum campus during calendar year 2010.

 Calendar Year 2011During calendar year 2011, there were no fires, fire-related deaths or injuries or fire-related property damage at Ferrum College.

Fire Safety Inspections and Maintenance

 

All fire alarm systems are checked two times per year and all detectors are checked on an annual basis.  For residence hall without generators, fire alarms have a battery back-up.  Student apartments are equipped with smoke detectors and are checked on an annual basis.  Students housed in apartments are provided fire safety information including the 911 address of their respective apartment, where and how to report smoke detectors problems, and emergency fire safety information.   Fire extinguishers are checked every ____ months by campus Physical Plant staff and are checked on an annual basis by an outside contracted agency.  

 

Supervised Fire Drills 

 

Fire drills are conducted once per semester in each residence hall in coordination with Residence Life and Housing, Physical Plant, and Campus Safety.  Students are required to participate and evacuate during a drill. 

 

Evacuation Policy and Procedures

 

Fire Evacuation routes are posted in each residence hall.  Resident Advisors provide students with specific exit pathways, procedures for evacuating their residence hall. 

 

All students must evacuate a residence hall during a fire alarm.  Residents are advised of primary and secondary assembly points to be used during a building evacuation.  Residents may not re-enter their residence hall until cleared to do so by the proper authorities. 

 

Fire Safety Violations

 

The Ferrum College Student Handbook lists fire safety policies as related to residence hall living policies.  These policies discuss tampering with fire life-safety equipment; evacuation procedures; use of electrical appliances; open flames; room decorations; room capacity regulations; and wooden constructions (lofts).  These regulations are reviewed and enforced by Resident Advisors and other college officials. 

 

Fire Safety Education and Training

 

Residence Hall Educators and Resident Advisors are instructed in fire prevention policies, the proper use of fire extinguishers, and evacuation procedures.  Resident students are advised of fire safety information during floor meetings conducted by Resident Advisors at the beginning of each semester.  Supervised fire drills are conducted each semester.