As a component
of the University's Safety and Environmental Compliance program
the Fire Safety program directly impacts every facility, department
and individual. Several sources can be found to provide standards,
or Codes as they are better known for providing a Fire Safety
Program framework. The National Fire Protection Association
primarily serves as the industry expert and source for Fire
Codes. The design and construction of buildings and structures,
testing of building components and accessories, and the enforcement
of regulations pertaining to Life Safety from fire and other
related hazards encountered in buildings and structures are
addressed by specific Fire Code requirements.
A fire safety
inspection program is vital to the success of the overall
Safety and Environmental Compliance program. Annually each
building or structure is evaluated by the University's Fire
Marshal and department representatives to identify unsafe
conditions or deficiencies related to current codes and regulations.
Measures are then taken as necessary for a building or structure
to meet a reasonable level of safety. Architectural drawings
of renovations and new construction in relationship to applicable
fire codes and occupancy loads are reviewed by the Safety
and Environmental Compliance's Fire Marshal.
The Fire Marshal
serves as the University's liaison to local and state Fire
Department officials, provides oversight to Fire drills and
investigates reported building fires on all University campuses.
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