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ABSTRACT

Each year fires occur in student housing facilities in colleges across the nation.

The results of such incidents have sometimes devastated college communities through the

loss of innocent fire victims and the destruction of valuable property. The problem was

the Fresno Fire Department did not provide fire prevention education to the staff

members of the dormitories at California State University, Fresno (CSUF).

The purpose of this research project was to develop an in-service fire safety

program that could be used to educate residence hall advisors of the causes of fatal fires

in dormitories and how to mitigate such tragedies.

Descriptive and action research methodologies were used to answer the following

questions:

  • 1.

    What are the causal factors of fatal fires in dormitories, and do they exist within the CSUF residence halls?

  • 2.

    What fire protection equipment and systems provide the best protection for residents of college dormitories and do they exist at CSUF?

3. What policies, procedures, and systems are in place to prevent fatal fires from occurring in the CSUF residence halls?

Procedures included a literature review using the Learning Resource Center at the

National Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The review sought factors

contributing to fatal fires in dormitories, the fire protection equipment and systems used

to mitigate such fires, and policies and procedures used to prevent these fires. A survey

questionnaire was administered to CSUF resident advisors in order to determine fire

safety awareness in the dorms. Interviews with the assistant housing director and the

deputy fire marshal were conducted to compare policies used to prevent dormitory fires.

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