University Police

Emergency Procedures

Fire (Alarms and Drills)


Fire Awareness Information

  • The leading cause of death in a fire is asphyxiation, by a three-to- one ratio over burns. Fire consumes the oxygen in the air, while increasing the concentration of deadly carbon monoxide and other toxic gases in the atmosphere. Inhaling carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness or death within minutes.
  • The heat from a hostile fire exceeds anything to which a person is normally exposed. A fully developed room fire has temperatures over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fire generates a black, impenetrable smoke that blocks vision and stings the eyes. It is impossible to navigate through such smoke, so fire drill participants should practice evacuating buildings by at least two routes.

Observation of smoke or fire shall be reported immediately to the University Police, and may be reported directly to the Billings Fire Department at 911 (from a campus phone). Normally the responding University Police Officer will contact the Billings Fire Department if deemed necessary. If at any time flames are observed, immediately notify the Billings Fire Department first, and then contact the University Police.

  • Report audible alarms to University Police. Initiate complete evacuation of the building. Assume nothing and discourage others from speculating that it is a false alarm. The evacuation plan will consist of an alternate plan to address evacuation of persons with disabilities.
  • Building Managers will utilize “floor sweepers” to assist in the orderly and total evacuation of all building occupants. In the event the designated “floor sweeper” is unavailable, the appointed alternate will be utilized. Floor sweepers and their alternates should be familiar with the evacuation plans of their designated building.
  • Each building plan will delineate a designated location for staff to gather. The plan will also designate an alternate gathering location.
  • The first responders will need to be informed of Designated Rescue Assistance Areas and whether or not any of the locations are utilized (when known).
  • Each semester, through the University Safety Committee, Facility Services and University Police will conduct campus wide emergency evacuation drills. Additional drills may be conducted at the request of the Building Manager. Such a request should be directed to the University Police Department at (x2147). Prior to conducting these drills, the Building Managers will notify building occupants of the proper procedures.
  • In the event of an actual emergency evacuation where the designated meeting area is within proximity of a crisis, the Police Chief and the Building Manager will determine an appropriate location for building occupants to meet. Never allow building occupants to head into the emergency zone.
  • Once a building is evacuated, under no circumstances are occupants allowed to enter a building until they have received permission to do so by either Firemen or University Police.
  • Orange Safety Vests are provided in the emergency backpacks. These vests are to be worn by the appointed “floor sweeper”.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to have a class roster with them in the event of an emergency evacuation and to notify emergency personnel of people who are not at the pre-arranged location.
  • Fire safety and evacuation information should be provided to students via course syllabus.
  • In the case of inclement weather and return to the Building will be a longer time, an alternate location inside should be determined. This location should be communicated to all Department Chair and Department Heads.