Many of the buildings on campus, academic, non-academic and housing, including fraternity and sorority houses, are equipped with fire alarm systems. These systems are comprised of initiating devices, such as smoke detectors, duct detectors, heat detectors and pull stations. Notification appliances are also present to provide direction and warning of an alarm situation to the building occupants. A large portion of the fire alarm systems on campus are on the UA network and monitored by UAPD Dispatch. When a building’s fire alarm system activates, the dispatchers contact Tuscaloosa Fire and directs them to the building in alarm. The network operates on the UA internal communication infrastructure. Those buildings with fire alarm systems not monitored by the network are routed to monitoring agencies outside UA. Their response is somewhat different. As required, when an alarm occurs these agencies dispatch Tuscaloosa Fire to the affected building and then, secondly, they notify UAPD dispatch of the alarm status. Tuscaloosa Fire and UAPD will respond. EHS will respond at the request of either Tuscaloosa Fire or UAPD.
Anytime the fire alarm system activates or sounds in a campus building, all occupants should evacuate in a timely and organized manner. Once outside, occupants should gather at an assembly point (pre-determined location) to determine if all occupants are present. No one should re-enter the building until cleared to do so by the Tuscaloosa Fire Department, UAPD or EHS.
EHS personnel maintain, inspect and test the fire alarm systems. They have obtained and maintain NICET credentials that are recognized throughout the fire alarm industry. Below is a contact list of those responsible for maintaining the fire alarm systems on campus.
- Larry Cooper – Fire Alarm Technician II
- Tim Sullivan – Fire Alarm Technician II
- Jenn Gault – Fire Alarm Technician II
- Caleb Hill – Fire Alarm Technician II