The University of Chicago

Environmental Health & Safety

  

Fire Emergency Plan

Policy

To the safety of students, staff, faculty, residents and visitors, the following fire emergency plan has been developed and shall be implemented in fire emergencies.

Authority and Responsibility

All University of Chicago departments shall be responsible for following the fire emergency plan in accordance with this policy. The following response shall take place during all fire alarm activations.

Fire Response Procedures

University of Chicago Police shall follow these procedures during a fire response:

  1. Provide a watch commander twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week;
  2. Respond to an emergency with appropriate personnel; and
  3. Follow the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management Plan.

The watch commander shall follow these procedures during a confirmed fire response:

  1. Determine the location of the fire;
  2. Instruct the caller to follow the University of Chicago’s Fire Response Plan – RACER;
  3. Notify the Chicago Fire Department Dispatch Center to report the alarm activation/fire;
  4. Follow the call list to contact the appropriate personnel; and
  5. Contact Environmental Health and Safety during confirmed fires.

The responding police officer shall follow these procedures during a confirmed fire response:

  1. Respond directly to the scene and assist in first response as necessary;
  2. Ensure entry into the affected area(s) is unobstructed for the Chicago Fire Department vehicles;
  3. Ensure communications are maintained; and
  4. Ensure site security is maintained until relieved of the responsibility.

Environmental Health and Safety shall follow these procedures during a fire response:

  1. Provide an “On-Call” Safety Officer twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and
  2. Follow the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management Plan.

The On-Call Safety Officer shall follow these procedures during a confirmed fire response:

  1. Respond immediately to the incident location;
  2. Bring master key for all sprinkler control valves to the incident location (Note: Key is located in Safety Office key box);
  3. Once on the scene, assume overall authority;
  4. Ensure that the appropriate fire response has been implemented;
  5. Relinquish authority to the Commanding Fire Officer upon arrival of the Chicago Fire Department;
  6. Continually assess the fire scene to ensure appropriate measures are taken to avoid danger and risk to personnel in the area;
  7. Communicate with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety or Associate Director in his/her absence to evaluate the proper actions to be taken;
  8. Write an incident report and forward to all parties involved within twenty-four hours;
  9. Inspect all fire protection devices such as fire extinguishers, fire hoses and other fire protection/detection equipment as appropriate after the fire incident location has been secured; and
  10. Report any used or damaged fire protection devices to the appropriate facilities group for replacement.

The appropriate building engineering group supervisor and electric shop supervisor of Facilities Operations shall follow these procedures during a fire response:

  1. Contact the building’s Facility Manager, Associate Director for Facilities Operations, and have a building engineer/electrician respond to the incident;
  2. Make the building engineer available at the entrance of the building to direct the Fire Department to the building’s fire suppression system;
  3. Monitor all utility systems in the area along with assisting with the fire response as directed by the on-scene incident commander;
  4. Replace or repair any used or damaged fire protection devices; and
  5. Reset the fire detection system according to Fire Detection Systems upon direction of the Fire Commander on scene.

Building managers or supervisors of Residence Halls and Commons and Real Estate Operationsshall follow these procedures during a fire response:

  1. Report directly to the location of the confirmed fire incident;
  2. Monitor all utility systems in the area along with assisting with the fire response as directed by the on-scene incident commander;
  3. Replace or repair any used or damaged fire protection devices; and
  4. Reset the fire detection system according to Fire Detection Systems upon direction of the Fire Commander on scene.

The University of Chicago’s fire response plan is summarized by the acronym RACER. This fire response plan shall be implemented at all times.

Building occupants shall follow these procedures during a fire response.

Storage in Corridors

No person shall at any time place an encumbrance of any kind whatsoever before or in any exitway or before or upon any fire escape, balcony or ladder intended as a means of escape from a fire. This means no storage is allowed in any corridor with the exception of recessed vestibule areas and no storage is allowed in or under any stairwell. Fire protection system controls, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system controls shall be accessible to the Fire Department therefore prohibiting storage in mechanical rooms.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities

Refer to Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities.

Reviewed: July 2014


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