Fire Alarm Information



All fire and/or smoke conditions must be reported to the Marshall University Police Department at 696-4357 (HELP) or to the Huntington Fire Department (911) immediately.

The person making the report must provide the following information

  1. Nature of fire or smoke and exact location.
  2. Your name and your position in the University or the Community and Technical College.

THEN activate the building fire alarm.  Marshall University Building Representatives will ensure evacuation of academic and administration buildings, Resident Advisors will ensure evacuation of dormitories.


The following procedures are to be followed for EVERY fire alarm activation

  1. Everyone must evacuate the building in a neat and orderly fashion.
  2. Elevators are not to be used to evacuate the building.  Persons should use the nearest clear exit or stairwell.
  3. Handicapped persons are to be assisted along the exit route to the nearest exit that is not blocked by fire or smoke.
  4. Persons confined to wheelchairs above or below the ground floor shall be assisted to the nearest stairwell and should wait there for evacuation by the City Fire Department.
  5. If an immediate threat to life exists, then these individuals should be evacuated by whatever means necessary.
  6. Persons are to move a safe distance away from the building.Reentry to the building is strictly prohibited until advised it is safe to do so by the Fire Department or the Marshall University Police Department.
  7. PERSONS ARE ADVISED TO NOT ASSUME THAT AN ALARM IS FALSE. The fire alarm system will be used to evacuate a building for any type of emergency.


The Office of Public Safety will

  • Respond to alarm site.
  • Assist the fire department in any means required.
  • Notify the Department of Health and Safety of the nature and extent of the incident.


Environmental Health and Safety will

    • Immediately respond to the site, and assist both Marshall University Police Department and the fire department in securing the site.
    • Gather information regarding the number and extent of any injuries, extent of property damage, and the probable cause of the incident, and report this information to the University administration.


For any assistance or questions related to fire and/or smoke and actions to take, please contact Environmental Health and Safety.