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Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Fire Drill Procedures


The purpose of a fire drill is to be able to anticipate what can happen during an actual emergency and also to provide for prompt, effective action.

The goals of a fire drill are to minimize loss of life and personal injury, to protect property with a minimum amount of damage, and to restore normal operations as soon as possible.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office and the Louisiana Office of Risk Management requires at least one fire drill per year in all occupied academic buildings and facilities. 

Two fire drills each semester must be conducted in ULM Residence Halls, one during daytime hours and one at night.  The drills should be conducted when the highest number of students can be expected to be inside the residence hall.

Fire Drill Report 


Before the Drill

ULM Police, Monroe Fire Department, and alarm monitoring companies will be notified. No fire trucks will be called during a fire drill. All other functions will be tested, such as the alarm panel, pull station, strobe lights, etc.

Building Coordinators will be responsible for notifying the department heads, deans, directors, etc. in advance of the drill.  This is to avoid confusion so that important meetings, classroom activities, tests, experiments, etc. can be scheduled appropriately.  

During the Drill
After the Drill

Make sure that no one reenters the building until the alarm is turned off and the building is deemed safe to reenter.


Fire Drill Report 

Meet with building personnel to discuss results and ways to improve the evacuation procedures for the building.  This is the purpose of the fire drill.  Carefully and critically identify weaknesses and problems and develop better evacuation procedures.

Train building occupants on any new procedures developed from the drill.