The University Police Department has personnel on 24-hour duty to respond to any emergency, including fires. When a fire alarm sounds, the Buffalo Fire Department is also called to the scene. Buffalo State University Police work with the Environmental Health and Safety Office, Campus Services, and the Buffalo Fire Department to meet these goals:
• Prevent fires
• Detect and extinguish fires
• Investigate the cause of fires
• Educate students, faculty, and staff regarding fire hazards and prevention*
• Maintain and improve fire-fighting equipment and procedures
*Call 878-6333 to request a presentation.
Fire prevention and safety programs at Buffalo State include:
• Fire drills (Campus Services)
• Inspection and maintenance of fire-detection and fire-fighting equipment (Campus Services)
• Presentations, videos, and seminars to students and staff (University Police)
• Routine checks of fire-fighting equipment (patrols by university police officers and university
police student assistants)
Preventing Fire-Related Crimes
The following activities are illegal:
• Causing a false alarm
• Maliciously activating a building fire alarm system
• Discharging a fire extinguisher mischievously
• Tampering with fire-detection and fire-prevention equipment (mini-horns, smoke detectors,
Any student committing these crimes will be referred to the Student Judicial System. Criminal charges may also be filed.
When the alarm sounds:
LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY.
Never assume it is a false alarm.
CONTINUE TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING.
Even if the alarm stops.
USE THE NEAREST EXIT.
If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat or smoke, go to another exit.
ALWAYS USE THE STAIRS.
Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke if they are closed and will protect you until you get outside.
NEVER USE AN ELEVATOR.
If the power fails, you will be trapped.
DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING.
A university police officer or the Buffalo Fire Chief will let you know when it is safe to re-enter the building.
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