Fire department hose outlets installed on
different levels of a building to be used by firefighters and/or building occupants.
The research procedure used in preparing this project began with a literature
review at the Learning Resource Center at the National Training Center in Emmitsburg,
Maryland. The review focused on three topics: The factors that are consistent with life
loss fires involving dormitories, the protective systems that are used to mitigate fires in
these facilities, and policies and procedures that are used to prevent fatal fires from
occurring in dormitories.
The literature review sought information that would enable the author to develop
an in-service fire safety program for resident advisors at CSUF. The program would
focus on the causes of fatal fires in dormitories and how to mitigate such events. In doing
so, the author sought to reduce the risk of a significant fire within the dorms through
improved training and enhanced cooperation between CSUF and the Fresno Fire
A survey instrument was developed and administered to the resident advisors of
the CSUF residence halls. The purpose of this survey was to determine the fire safety
attitudes and situation facing students living in the dormitories. Such information would
be included in a subsequent lesson plan to compare the conditions found at CSUF with
those at other universities where significant fires have occurred (please see Appendix E).