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Emergency and Fire Evacuation Plans



  • 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.



    Notify campus safety or fire department personnel of anyone trapped in the building or unaccounted for.

    All fires and fire emergencies must be reported to campus police (911) or (7770), even if the fire has been extinguished or the emergency resolved.



  1. SHUT the door to your room.
  2. CALL campus police at EXTENSION 911 and notify them of your position.
  3. SIGNAL out your window for help.
  4. STAY low to the floor where the air is less toxic and wait for assistance.





  1. 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.
    1. REPORTING FIRE. The person who first discovers a fire emergency (sees fire, smoke, suspects a fire, or hears an alarm) should do the following:
      1. 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 done safely.
      2. PULL the nearest local building alarm or fire box, then alert occupants on all floors if it can be done safely. The help of other occupants should be solicited to evacuate the building.
      3. EXIT the building by the nearest available exit and proceed to assigned assembly area. (appendix B)
      4. State Law requires that all fires be reported. Report all fire emergencies to the Campus Police at extension #911.
      5. 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!
      1. Insure that all occupants are evacuating and have reported to the appropriate assembly area. To make sure that Resident Assistants report their areas cleared.
      2. Assist Resident Assistants or Campus Safety in evacuating the mobility impaired person's if it can be done safely.
      3. Immediately notify the Campus Safety Office or fire official of any occupants not accounted for.
      4. Maintain supervision of all occupants in the assembly area.
      5. Supply the campus safety or fire officials with a list of all resident/occupants injured as a result of the fire emergency.

Following the procedures below during a fire emergency could save your life.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and:
    1. Stuff material (wet rags if possible or tape) in the cracks around the door to keep smoke out of the room.
    2. Dampen a cloth with water, place it over your nose, breath lightly through it.
    3. 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.
  4. 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 for help.
  5. Do not attempt to fight the fire with fire extinguishers. They are to be used only to assist you in exiting the building. Someone coming behind you may need a fire extinguisher to save his/her life.
  6. 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.
  7. Should your clothing catch fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL. Rolling on the ground will help to smother the fire.
  8. 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 assistance.

  1. Report damaged fire doors and fire exit signs to extension 7999. All fire exits require illuminated exit signs.
  2. Keep fire extinguishers unobstructed and accessible. Report fire extinguishers that are discharged or missing to Health and Fire Safety (extension 7999).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Definition

  1. The Campus Safety Department will respond to all reports of fire emergencies occurring on college property.
    1. A fire emergency exists when:
      1. An uncontrolled fire or imminent fire hazard occurs (presence of smoke or smell of burning material).
      2. A building evacuation (fire) alarm is activated.
      3. There is a spontaneous or abnormal heating of any material.
      4. An uncontrolled release of a combustible or toxic gas occurs.
      5. A flammable liquid spill occurs.

Campus Police Responsibilities

  1. The Campus Police (Department of Public Safety) is responsible for the accomplishment or coordination of the following functions during fire emergencies.
    1. Respond to and investigate all fire emergencies.
    2. 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 emergency.
    3. In conjunction with Resident Life, staff persons (building safety wardens), and other college personnel, verify that mobility impaired persons and other occupants are accounted for.
    4. Direct fire personnel and equipment to fire emergency areas.
    5. Direct building occupants to designed assembly areas.
    6. Assist emergency personnel in gaining access to critical areas.
    7. Control vehicle and pedestrian movement into and out of the fire emergency area.
    8. Maintain casualty evacuation roster of college members who are transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
    9. Insure that the fire emergency scene is secured until its release has been authorized by an in-command Fire Chief or Fire Investigator.
    10. The campus safety officer on the scene of all fire alarms shall in addition to giving the "all clear," provide the Resident Director with all facts surrounding the incident before departing the scene.



  1. Staff, students, and faculty are requested to assist any handicapped or temporarily disabled persons during fire emergencies.
    1. 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.
    2. Resident 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.
    3. 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 signal rescue personnel.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.



  1. 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.
    1. 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
    2. Fire drill schedule shall be coordinated with the Director of Health and Fire Safety, Campus Safety, Director of Housing, and Building Administrators.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. Building Safety Wardens for each building will consist of custodial staff member who has been trained in evacuation procedures and fire extinguisher use.
    2. Campus Safety Officers will receive training on evacuation procedures for all areas, fire systems training, and fire extinguisher use.
    3. Food service employees will receive training on fire extinguisher us