Ferrum College Higher Education Opportunity Act
Annual Campus Fire Safety Annual Compliance Report—2012
The Higher Education Act became law in August 2008, requiring all United States academic
institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices,
standards, and all fire-related on-campus statistics. The following report details
all information required by law as it relates to Ferrum College.
At Ferrum College, residence halls East Bassett, Arthur, Moore, Roberts, Clark and
Dyer Halls are covered by an automatic sprinkler and fire alarm system, which is monitored
24 hours/day, seven days/week. Chapman, Susannah Wesley, North Bassett and Riddick
Halls are covered by a fire alarm system which is monitored 24 hours/day, seven days/week;
none of these four buildings have an automatic sprinkler system. All systems are
checked two times per year and all detectors are checked on an annual basis. For
residence halls without generators, fire alarm systems have a battery back-up. Apartments
which house students are equipped with smoke detectors, which are checked on an annual
basis. Students housed in college owned apartments are given fire safety information
including the 911 address of their respective apartment.
All residence hall staff undergo fire safety training prior to the beginning of the
Fall semester. All residence hall students are given fire safety information which
is covered by RAs during the first week of classes. This information covers basic
fire safety and what appropriate action to take during a fire alarm or fire emergency.
Fire evacuation routes are posted in each of the residence halls. Fire drills are
conducted twice per year in coordination with Residence Life, Physical Plant, Emergency
Services and Campus Police.
Fire Safety Policies, as listed in the Student Handbook, discusses tampering with
fire 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 RAs and other college officials.
Local fire departments and public safety officials are invited on campus to maintain
an open dialogue in response to campus procedures, response protocol, access and education
of campus fire alarm and fire suppression systems, and possible training opportunities
There was one fire, resulting in minor property damage during this reporting period,
and no fire-related deaths or injuries at Ferrum College during this reporting period.