The Fire Safety Division of the Office of Risk Management is responsible for ensuring compliance with the local fire code and national fire safety standards, building inspections, fire safety education, fire prevention, and evacuation procedures. The fire safety section of the Office of Risk Management partners with and coordinates annual Fire Occupancy Inspections making the best effort to ensure the safest working and living environment possible. You can utilize the links to the right to find a vast array of information about the fire safety program. If you can not find the information you are looking for or you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The primary goals of the SMU Fire Safety Program are:
- To maintain fire hazard vigilance such that campus fire hazard conditions are continually eliminated;
- To create a campus community that knows how to prevent fire emergencies, and knows what to do if fire emergencies should arise;
- To maintain compliance with University fire safety policies, city fire codes, applicable state and federal fire regulations and guidelines.
The following objectives ensure that this goal is achieved:
- Continually identify fire hazards and take appropriate mitigation actions before those conditions result in a fire emergency;
- Oversee ongoing, scheduled, fire safety inspections of all fire suppression systems;
- Raise fire safety awareness among students, faculty, and staff by conducting ongoing training that covers essential fire safety.
The training is specific to the hazards of the academic environment, yet includes general fire training such as
- Evacuation procedures;
- Contribute to debriefing sessions among first responders after fire events transpire, improving plans and protocols;
- Conduct third party fire safety audits;
- Develop and enforce sound fire safety policies.
SMU's Division of Fire Safety also actively engages in long term strategic planning, which includes: Monitoring of fire alarms with the EST FireWorks System, a 3D interface technology with the most innovative life safety system to provide a simple means of monitoring and control for SMU's building fire systems.
Fire Safety and Occupancy Inspections
The fire safety manager works diligently with local fire marshal offices for the respective campuses to ensure all of SMU's buildings are scheduled for and receive an annual fire occupancy and safety inspection from that local fire marshals office for the respective campus. Then further efforts are made to correct any discrepancies the fire inspector may find in a timely manor.