Campus Safety: Fire Safety

Annual Fire Safety Report

Calendar Year 2021

The following information contains the annual fire safety report, and is submitted for compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of August 14, 2008.

Fire Statistics
Number of Fires 1

Fires on Campus


 Fires in Residence Halls

Cause of Fire n/a
Number of Fire Injuries 0
Deaths Resulting from Fires 0
Value of Property Damage Due to Fire 0
False Alarms
Number of False Alarms for Calendar Year: 2021 33
Number of Malicious Alarms 0
Number of Other Alarms 0

For reporting purposes, the number of malicious fire alarms will include all false alarms that are the result of pull station activation or an individual deliberately causing the alarm to activate, i.e. smoking.

Campus Fire Alarm Systems in Residence Halls

Each campus residence hall is equipped with a fully integrated, NFPA approved, fire alarms system. The fire alarm system is monitored by an off-site central monitoring station. Upon alarm activation, the central station immediately dispatches either the Scranton or Dunmore Fire Department, and contacts the University Department of Campus Safety. The Campus Safety Officers respond to the scene to assist in building evacuation until the first responders arrive. Additionally, each individual sleeping area is equipped with a fully integrated smoke alarm to provide early detection of a fire.

Mandatory Fire/Evacuation Drills

The Department of Campus Safety, in conjunction with the office of Housing and Residence Life, will conduct a minimum of two fire/evacuation drills per academic semester. The primary purpose is to educate the building occupants on the proper evacuation procedures, as well as furnishing the opportunity for staff to drill on the procedures. When possible, the fire drills will be conducted with the assistance of Dunmore/Scranton Fire Departments. Each resident assistant and resident director receives annual training on fire evacuation procedures.

Fire Safety Policies/Education Programs

All fire safety policies are contained in the Residence Life Student Handbook. During the academic year, the Department of Campus Safety conducts a series of active and passive programming dealing with fire safety. Programs include, but are not limited to, videos, DVD’s, informational sessions, poster campaigns, and advanced training upon request.