Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Fire safety on the campuses of Grand Valley State University involves a variety of measures aimed at prevention, education, enforcement, and ensuring safety for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Residence Life, Facilities Management, the Safety Office, and the Police Department work cooperatively with local fire departments to promote fire safety in all university areas.

This cooperation takes a number of steps to ensure fire safety remains at the forefront of university operations. Residence hall construction, training programs for housing staff, and routine inspection of fire safety equipment have contributed to the continued commitment to fire safety.

On Campus Fire Safety Information


The Office of Housing and Residence Life has taken a proactive approach to fire safety by prohibiting items such as candles, incense, hot plates, toaster ovens, and space heaters within residential areas.

The Facilities Management Office takes a more proactive approach starting with the construction of new residential buildings. University growth over the past decade has provided opportunity for several new residential buildings. New buildings are outfitted with state of the art fire detection and suppression systems. Existing residential buildings have been updated to include comprehensive fire detection and warning systems. All hallways are equipped with fire extinguishers and all apartments have extinguishers.

Each living center on our campuses is equipped with fire detection systems that include manual pull stations, horns, strobe lights, smoke detectors, and heat detectors. Many housing units also contain sprinkler protection and the alarm systems and fire extinguishers are routinely inspected.

Educational Efforts

Resident Assistants (RAs) are required to attend a Fire & Tornado Safety work session prior to fall move-in. These seminars prepare RA's to teach residents on Fire Safety issues. The RA's have a constant link to the Police Department for other information and programming.
Residents in the Residence Hall and Living Centers are required to attend an initial floor meeting on the first day of the new fall semester. This floor meeting covers a number of Fire Safety issues including their building's floor plan, evacuation routes, fire drill procedures and fire safety policies

"Fireman Frank Safety" Public Service Announcements are also available on the Grand Valley State University portions of YouTube

In Residence Halls and Living Centers, the GVSU Police Department conducts a fire drill within the first week of classes to begin familiarizing residents with the sights, sounds, and procedure involved with their fire system. Unannounced drills are conducted at various times throughout the year.

Fire safety is everyones responsibility. You should keep a watchful eye for any unsafe conditions in your area. If you spot something contact your supervisor or a police officer. This brochure is further aimed at educating visitors, students and staff about fire safety and university procedure.


Violations of University rules and regulations are documented and corrective action is taken by the Dean of Student's Office. When violations of state law occur, the person(s) responsible are handled through the Police Department.