Fire Safety Report


January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

In accordance with an amendment to the Higher Education Act (HEA), any institution that maintains on-campus student housing facilities must now collect fire statistics, publish an Annual Fire Safety Report and keep a "fire log." A log of all fires will be kept in the Security Office and made available for review upon request. The Annual Fire Report and fire statistics will be compiled by calendar year and disclosed to the University family by October 1st of the fall semester.

Fire Statistics in Campus Housing 

2013

Number of fires in campus housing 0
Location of fires N/A
Cause of fires N/A
Number of injuries or deaths 0
Amount of property damage $0.00

2012 

Number of fires in campus housing 0
Location of fires N/A
Cause of fires N/A
Number of injuries or deaths 0
Amount of property damage $0.00

2011 

Number of fires in campus housing 1
Location of fires Ornelas Housing Complex
Cause of fires cooking - grease fire
Number of injuries or deaths 0
Amount of property damage $75.00

To view a list of all student housing facilities for which we maintain fire statistics, click on OPE Campus Security Statistics website, or access their web address: http://ope.ed.gov/security To find the ETBU Fire Statistics click on Get Data For One Institution/Campus. Then, enter East Texas Baptist University in the name field in order to view the fire statistics.

Fire Safety Systems for Residence Halls and Apartments

Centennial Hall (opened Fall Semester 2014)

  • Fire Alarm System with panel
  • Individual smoke detectors in every unit of occupancy-hard wired with battery backup
  • Fire extinguishers located on every floor within 30' of each other
  • Fire pull stations and smoke detectors located in all common spaces (stairways, hallways, study rooms, Great room and etc.)
  • Fire pull stations in all common spaces wired into fire annunciator panel in area C
  • All common space smoke detectors also wired directly into annunciator panel
  • Elevators also wired into annunciator panel (for shutdown in case of fire)
  • Emergency exits clearly labeled for emergency exit.
  • Fire pump system (located in fire pump room) also equipped with fire alarm panel and fire pump monitoring system.
  • Dry sprinkler system in attic space
  • Fire extinguishers in attic space 

Feagin Hall (est. 1950) – Men’s residence hall (2 per room)

  • Fire Alarm System with panel – smoke detectors in hallways
  • Nine volt battery powered smoke detectors in each residence room
  • Fire extinguishers in hallways and lobby
  • Pull stations in hallways

Fry Hall (est. 1977, remodeled in 2008) – Men’s five bedroom apartments without kitchen

  • Smoke detectors in every bedroom and lobby – 110 volt hardwired with battery backup
  • Fire extinguishers (4) on walls of courtyard

Linebery Hall (est. 1961) – Women’s residence hall (2 per room)

  • Fire Alarm System with panel – smoke detectors in hallways
  • Nine volt battery powered smoke detectors in each residence room
  • Fire extinguishers in hallways and lobby
  • Pull stations in hallways

Mabee Housing Complex (est. 1992) – Men’s four bedroom apartments with kitchen

  • Fire Alarm System with panel
  • Smoke detectors – five per apartment (4 bedrooms and living room)
  • Fire extinguishers in 32 apartments and lobby
  • Fire extinguishers in lobby and porches of courtyards
  • Pull stations under covered walkways

Ornelas Housing Complex (est. 1996) – Women’s four bedroom apartments with kitchen 

  • Fire alarm system with panel
  • Smoke detectors – five per apartment (4 bedrooms and living room)
  • Fire extinguishers in 48 apartments and lobby
  • Fire extinguishers in lobby and porches of courtyards
  • Pull stations under covered walkways

University Apartments (est. 2002) – Men and Women four bedroom apartments with kitchen

  • Smoke detectors in every bedroom – 110 volt hardwired with battery backup
  • Smoke detector in lobby and Director’s apartment
  • Fire extinguishers in every apartment and lobby

Van Zandt Apartments (est. 1978/1981) – One and two bedroom apartments

  • Fire extinguishers in every apartment
  • Fire extinguishers in hallways and under covered porches
  • Nine volt battery powered smoke detectors in each apartment

NOTE: In residence halls with battery powered smoke detectors the batteries are checked and changed twice a year.

Family Housing (campus houses for student families)

  • Nine volt battery powered smoke detectors in each house
  • Fire extinguishers in each house 

Community Living Policies

The University is an alcohol/drug/tobacco free campus. All students are prohibited from having alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco on campus, in their automobiles, or on their person at any time.

Firearms and other weapons are not permitted on campus, with the exception of the transportaton and storage of firearms by concealed handgun license holders in private vehicles (as described in SB 1907).

Students should take responsibility to ensure halls are free of fire hazards.  Open flames such as candles, incense, matches, or lighters are prohibited due to their potential as fire hazards.  These items may be removed from student's rooms without notification.  Certain items will be returned at the end of the semester.  Irons and cooking appliances should never be left on when the room is unoccupied.  Electrical outlets should not be overloaded.

Refrigerators, microwaves, or MicroFridge units are allowed in all residence hall rooms, but only one of these items are allowed per room.  Refrigerators cannot be more than 2.7 cubic feet and 1.5 amps.

The use of personal ovens, skillets, hot plates, crockpots, toasters, electrical heaters, and other heat appliances is prohibited in Centennial and Fry.

The use of ovens, skillets, hot plates, crockpots, toasters, electric heaters, and other heat appliances is allowed in Ornelas, Mabee, and University Apartments.

Emergency Contacts

In the event of an emergency or fire related incident students are encouraged to contact 911 and then notify a Resident Director (RD) or Resident Assistant (RA). In each residence hall room or apartment there is a posted directory containing emergency contact numbers and the email address of the Resident Director. At the beginning of the school year, Resident Directors emailed their residents a list of names and contact numbers to use in an emergency. All residents are strongly encouraged to place that contact list in their cell phones.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

1. If a fire alarm sounds, residents should take their room keys with them and begin an immediate and orderly evacuation along the designated routes. They should exit the building and wait for instructions or permission to reenter the building.

2. Residents should not run. They should move quickly out of the nearest designated stairwell and exit.

3. Staff members will check rooms, baths, closets and lobby areas of the halls. Anyone who does not evacuate or comply with the instructions of staff members may face disciplinary action.

4. The residence hall staff will signal that the building is safe and ready for reentry. No one is to reenter until the signal is given by ETBU personnel.

Fire Safety Education

Mandatory supervised fire drills are conducted once each semester in the following residential facilities: Centennial, Feagin, Fry, Linebery, Mabee, and Ornelas. Drills are scheduled after 10:00PM in the evening to assure that the maximum numbers of residents are present to participate in the drill. Students should cooperate fully in order to avoid additional drills and/or disciplinary sanctions.

No fire drills are mandated for University Apartments or Van Zandt Apartments.

Fire Safety Inspections

All campus buildings are inspected annually (before the fall semester begins) by the Marshall Fire Department. All fire alarms systems and sprinkler systems are inspected and tested annually, Also, all fire extinguishers are inspected and serviced on an annual basis.

Future improvements to Fire Safety Program

The University will continually evaluate our program to see if potential changes are needed to improve the safety of our students living in campus housing.

The Office of Student Affairs will require safety education and training for all students living in our residence halls or apartments this year. This training will take place during mandatory meetings in each residence hall and will involve discussing fire safety responsibilities as well as evacuation routes. It will also include Fire Safety notifications via email and Facebook groups. This education and training in another format will also be required of students living in Van Zandt Apartments and our campus houses. Evacuation routes including fire safety zones will be posted in each residential hall during this school year.