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Facilities Management

The University of Mississippi

Additional Services

Fire Services

GENERAL

The Facilities Management Department manages University Fire Services. University Fire Services will inspect all buildings, assist in determining fire origination and cause involving University owned property and advise on issues regarding fire safety.

Enforcement of any policies, standards or fire codes will be conducted by University Administration and/or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES

On the University of Mississippi campus, firefighting services are contracted with the City of Oxford.

RESPONSIBILITY OF BUILDING OCCUPANTS IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE ALARM

All occupants are required to leave the building when a fire alarm sound. Occupants evacuating a building should not use elevators. Occupants should use the stairwells. No one should re-enter the building until authorized to do so by fire officials. Once out of the building, report the fire location by dialing 911 or by notifying University Police by dialing 662-915-7234 on a cell phone or by using a phone in another building. Malicious tampering with building fire alarms, fire protection systems or fire extinguishers is prohibited. Violators are subject to disciplinary action, monetary fine or both.

FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS

University Fire Inspectors will conduct fire safety inspections on Academic, Auxiliary and Athletic buildings once each year. Inspections at UM Housing Facilities and Greek houses are conducted once in the fall semester by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Any violations of the University Policy on Fire Safety, International Fire Code or of the National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards, found at the time of inspection, will be documented and reported to the appropriate individual(s) for correction. Greek House Corporations are responsible for correcting deficiencies within their respective houses and maintaining current certification of fire alarm and sprinkler systems to meet existing state laws, university policies and fire codes.

If the Fire Inspectors find any violation that they believe represents a danger to life and limb, they may advise that the building be vacated and closed until the violation is corrected. In some cases, the Fire Inspectors may determine that posting a “Fire Watch” may be an acceptable alternative to closing a building.