Fire Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Immediate procedures when fire, smoke, or an explosion is detected:
1.  Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station to alert building occupants and Campus Safety

  • Fire alarm will sound throughout the building
  • Strobe lights will be activated to indicate an active fire alarm

2.  Everyone leave the building immediately when an alarm sounds. Notify others around you of the evacuation, but do not delay your evacuation

  a.  If time allows and you can perform the action without endangering yourself:

  • Place the equipment you are operating into a safe configuration before evacuating
  • Close doors and windows before evacuating, if this can be accomplished quickly and safety. It is particularly important to close doors to contain the fire in the room/area of origin.

3.  Evacuate through the nearest safe exit

  • See Appendix F - Emergency Action Plans: Evacuation

4.  Call 9-1-1 to report the fire alarm, after evacuating building.

5.  Do not re-enter the building until fire or police give permission to do so.

6.  Move to evacuation assembly area (See Appendix F - Evacuation or building emergency plan: Evacuation).  If evacuation area cannot be reached or is unknown, move as far away from the building as practical, so as not to be in danger or in the way of emergency responders (a minimum of 50 feet).

7.  Once safely outside, check to make sure no one is missing, and inform emergency responders/Building Manager/OSU-Cascades Campus Safety or senior leader if someone is unaccounted for.  

8.  Do not use elevators during an evacuation.

9.  If evacuation routes are blocked, remain in your room, stand by a window, and call 9-1-1 to report your location, and wait for fire department assistance.

10.  Individuals with mobility or evacuation concerns:
      a.  Students, staff and visitors who are blind should be assisted through hallways and down stairways
      b.  Wheelchair bound persons should follow evacuation routes on the ground floor of a building. If not on the ground floor, wheel to the nearest assembly area (fire escape or stairway door). Rescue personnel will search these areas first, and help
      individuals with disabilities evacuate the building.

  • If no pre-identified area, go to an area that provides a barrier between you and the hazard
  • Communicate with responders
  • Dial 9-1-1 or OSU-Cascades Campus Safety (541-322-3110)
  • Place a cloth or clothing out a window to attract attention
  • Notify others who are evacuating to inform responders of your location

11.  Staff/Faculty are not required to attempt to fight a fire. If you are trained to do so, and can safely do so, use the appropriate fire extinguisher to attempt to extinguish small fires (office trash can size). Ensure 9-1-1 has been called and the fire alarm has been activated prior to attempting to extinguish the fire.


  • Check in with OSU-Cascades Leadership to determine response status
  • Do not enter a building until you are informed it is safe to do so by police or fire officials
  • Once entering the building, inspect your work area and report any issues
  • If food services are involved, the County Health Department is required to inspect the food service area before food service can be conducted
  • Contact the Campus Safety for additional monitoring or questions regarding the work environment after a fire event
  • Contact the OSU-Cascades Facilities & Operations Manager to schedule or verify that repair work is being conducted