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Frequently Asked Questions
For Fire Drills & Fire Emergencies in Research, Educational, & Business Occpancies

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In an effort to improve safety at UTMB and to meet various safety requirements imposed by outside agencies, UTMB conducts periodic fire drills. These drills are designed to simulate actual fire emergencies and to help train staff in their responses to these emergencies. These drills are conducted according to National Fire Protection Association requirements for fire drills which require that drills be conducted at least twice a year for business occupancies.

Key to appropriate responses during fire drills and fire emergencies is the R.A.C.E. concept. The R.A.C.E. concept is based on an acronym made from the first letter of each step to be followed during a fire drill or fire emergency. The steps, which are followed in order, are:

R - Rescue. Move those in immediate danger to an area of safety
A - Alarm. Sound the alarm by calling 21211 AND activating the nearest pull station
C - Contain. Close all doors in your area to slow the spread of fire and smoke
E - Extinguish or evacuate. You should only attempt to extinguish a fire if you have had appropriate training

 

FIRE DRILLS - Research, Educational, & Business Occupancies

Q. Why do we have fire drills?
A. To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, students and staff. We also conduct fire drills to meet a variety of requirements from outside agencies. Example: Texas Department of Health.

Q. Who is involved in a fire drill?
A. All UTMB employees and students in the building are required to participate in fire drills.

Q. The alarm is announced, by overhead page, for a floor other than the one I am on, am I involved?
A. Yes. All fire alarms involve all of the occupants of the building regardless of the floor that they are on

Q. When should we fill out a Fire Alarm Response Report?
A. Please fill out a Fire Alarm Response Report whenever a drill is conducted in your building.

Q. Do we have to turn in Fire Alarm Response Reports when we hear a "Dr. Red Fire Drill" page from another building or an alarm in an adjoining building?
A. No, reports only need to be submitted if the alarm is in your building. However, if you aren't sure, please go ahead and submit a report.

Q. If we hear the fire alarm going off in our building, do we call 21211?
A. No, the only time that you should call, ext. 21211 is when the fire drill originates in your area. The fire phone telephone number (21211) is NOT for inquires.

Q. If I am in the lobby of a building when the alarm goes off, what should I do?
A. If you are in the lobby of a building when the alarm goes off, please exit the building. If you open a door and the alarm is sounding in that building, please do not enter.

Q. What do I do during a fire drill?
A. If the drill originates in your area, you are expected to:

  • Determine the location of the fire.
  • Rescue those in immediate danger.
  • Activate the alarm by:
    1. calling ext. 21211, AND
    2. activating a manual fire alarm pull station
  • Close all doors.
  • Follow any special departmental procedures.
  • Evacuate the building and go to your area's rally point.
  • Document the event by completing the Fire Alarm Response Report and fax it to Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention at 70517
If the drill does NOT originate in you area, you are expected to:
  • Close all doors.
  • Follow any special departmental procedures.
  • Evacuate the building and go to your area's rally point.
  • Document the event by completing the Fire Alarm Response Report and fax it to Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention at 70517

Q. Can I return to the building when the alarms stop ringing?
A. No. Please wait to be informed of the "all clear" before returning to your area. The "all clear" will be given by a uniformed UTMB police officer, UTMB's Duty Fire Marshall or an overhead page.

 

FIRE EMERGENCIES - Research, Educational, & Business Occupancies

Q. Who is involved in a fire emergency?
A. All UTMB employees and students in the building are required to participate in fire emergencies.

Q. If the alarm is announced, by overhead page, for a floor other than the one I am on, am I involved?
A. Yes, all fire alarms involve all of the occupants of the building regardless of the floor that they are on.

Q. When should we fill out a Fire Alarm Response Report?
A. Please complete a Fire Alarm Response Report whenever the alarm sounds in your area/building. The reports are a mechanism for assessing life safety and fire safety needs.

Q. Do we have to turn in Fire Alarm Response Reports when we hear a "Dr. Red" page from another building or an alarm in an adjoining building?
A. No, reports only need to be submitted if the alarm is in your building. However, if you aren't sure, please go ahead and submit a report.

Q. If we hear the fire alarm going off in our building, do we call 21211?
A. No, the only time that you should call, ext. 21211 is when the fire emergency (fire, smoke, smell of smoke) originates in your area. The fire phone telephone number (21211) is NOT for inquires.

Q. If I am in the lobby of a building when the alarm goes off, what should I do?
A. If you are in the lobby of a building when the alarm goes off, please exit the building. If you open a door and the alarm is sounding in that building, please do not enter.

Q. What do I do during a fire emergency?
A. If the alarm originates in your area, you are expected to:

  • Determine the location of the fire.
  • Rescue those in immediate danger.
  • Activate the alarm by:
    1. calling ext. 21211, AND
    2. activating a manual fire alarm pull station
  • Close all doors.
  • Follow any special departmental procedures.
  • Evacuate the building and go to your area's rally point.
  • Document the event by completing the Fire Alarm Response Report and fax it to Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention at 70517
If the alarm does NOT originate in you area, you are expected to:
  • Close all doors.
  • Follow any special departmental procedures.
  • Evacuate the building and go to your area's rally point.
  • Document the event by completing the Fire Alarm Response Report and fax it to Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention at 70517

Q. Can I return to the building when the alarms stop ringing?
A. No, please wait to be informed of the "all clear" before returning to your area. The "all clear" will be given by a uniformed UTMB police officer, UTMB's Duty Fire Marshall or an overhead page.

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