To serve as an advisory resource for the President on policies and programs to promote student, employee, patient and visitor safety.
The immediate response and reporting of a fire or suspected fire will facilitate prompt response to the scene by the Public Safety Division and the local fire department which may result in prevention of unnecessary loss of life, injury, and major property damage.
3.0 Procedure – CODE 17 (Fire Plan)
All personnel, singularly or as a group, that discover a fire, regardless of the type or size, must respond and follow these procedures during a fire emergency.
3.1 REMOVE PERSONS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF THE FIRE. CLOSE DOORS TO THE AREA AFFECTED. Remove persons in immediate danger, when possible. Close the door to this room and all other doors in the area.
3.2 ACTIVATE THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM BOX AND CALL THE PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION AT 1-2911. GIVE THE LOCATION AND TYPE OF CODE 17. All buildings are not equipped with a fire alarm. Where required, alarm pull stations are located at exit and stairwell doors. The phone call is required to establish the exact location, severity of the situation, and additional help that may be needed. Identify yourself and remain on the phone as long as safely possible or until released. This number is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the buildings without fire alarms, the phone call to Public Safety is the only notification of the emergency.
3.3 CALMLY NOTIFY OTHER PERSONNEL IN THE AREA. Be sure all staff know what is going on. Inform visitors and patients to remain calm while instructing them if evacuation is required.
3.4 ATTEMPT TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH THE PROPER FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROVIDED IN YOUR AREA. Do not fight a fire if it is large, spreading, or could block your exit. If the room door was closed, do not re-open it, wait for the fire department.
3.5 FOLLOW ESTABLISHED FIRE SAFETY AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES FOR YOUR AREA In all campus buildings the plan requires evacuation to a safe area outside of the building.
3.6 REMAIN CALM. NEVER YELL “FIRE.” Use “CODE 17″ to prevent unnecessary panic to the public. Be prepared to immediately follow instructions from Public Safety and/or the fire department.
4.0 Fire Alarms
When the alarm system activates in buildings, an alarm will be heard throughout the entire building.
4.2 Signal Notification
When activated, many alarm systems automatically notify the Central Energy Plant and the Public Safety Dispatcher. In the event this signal is not operable, the phone call to the 1-2911 (see 3.2) is the notification. When required, the Public Safety Dispatcher will notify the Augusta Fire Department by phone. Exception: Prior notification of a drill, alarm test, or other maintenance.
Horns sound to announce activation and continue sounding until silenced by Public Safety. Many systems have strobe lights for the hearing impaired. When activated, some alarm systems have a Code 17 voice message that is intermittently sounded with the alarm tone.
4.4 Alarm Annunciator Panels
The alarm panels are located in various locations in individual buildings. When the systems are activated, Public Safety Police respond to these panels, identify the location of the activation, investigate, and escort the fire department when required.
4.5 Investigation and Termination
When on the scene, the GHSU Police personnel will acknowledge the alarm but not reset. The component that has activated will be identified and corrective action taken. Once the activation has been cleared, the alarm system is reset. In areas where evacuation has occurred, staff may return to the building unless instructed differently.
4.6 Alarm System Outages
When situations require, various components of the fire alarm are de-activated to eliminate false activations. The Facilities Management Division is contacted for the de-activation of any component of the system. A list is monitored by Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Management to track outages. When a fire alarm system is out of service for more than 4 hrs. in a 24‑hr period, Facilities Management shall notify the Fire Safety Office. A fire watch from building staff shall be assigned for all occupied areas left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire alarm system has been returned to service. In the event that an entire building is required to be out of service for long-term, a plan is initiated that includes interim life safety measures and education.
5.0 Responsibility of All Personnel
5.1 Georgia Health Sciences University has adopted and thoroughly endorses a progressive fire safety program. The objective is the protection of life and property from fire. This can only be accomplished through the immediate involvement of the entire GHSU community dedicated to an effective fire prevention, response and reporting system.
5.2 When an alarm system activates, clear the corridor of all carts and/or equipment. If the Code 17 is in your immediate area, report to the Public Safety staff on the scene to give assistance as required.
5.3 Maintain a working knowledge of the GHSU fire plan, CODE 17. ()
6.0 Responsibility of Supervisors
Direct the activities of the department during a Code 17 activation. Assure corridors are clear of obstructions. If the activation is not in your immediate area, be ready to give assistance, and follow instructions.
7.0 Responsibility of the Public Safety Division
The Public Safety Division responds to all fires and fire alarm activations occurring on GHSU properties to determine causative factors, file a police report, and call for assistance, if needed. Intentionally set fires (arson) or deliberate false alarms are pursued for criminal prosecution.
8.0 Responsibility of the Environmental Health and Safety Division
The Fire Safety Office investigates all fires and fire alarm activations occurring on GHSU properties to complete necessary reports, state reporting, prevent recurrence, and identify areas that can be used in staff training.