factors of life loss fires involving dormitories. Twenty-six of 33 resident advisors were
present to complete the survey. A sample of the survey instrument used is included in
Two personal interviews were conducted. The first involved Jeffrey Summitt,
Assistant Director of Housing for CSUF. Mr. Summitt was responsible for the day-to-
day operation of the residence halls including the maintenance of the facilities and the
residence life program. This assignment included the supervision of 33 resident advisors.
The personal interview with Mr. Summitt sought to describe the policies, procedures and
fire protective systems used within the dormitories at CSUF. A sample of the interview
questions asked Jeffrey Summitt is included in Appendix C.
The second interview involved Mr. Frank Santoya, Deputy State Fire Marshal III,
of the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. Mr. Santoya is responsible for the
inspection of state owned facilities within Merced, Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno
Counties of California. The interview sought results or the lack thereof of inspections
conducted at the CSUF dormitories. Also, the author sought to find similar situations
found at CSUF dormitories compared to those universities that have experienced a
significant fire. A sample of the personal interview questions asked Frank Santoya is
included in Appendix D.
The results of the literature review, survey of resident advisors, and personal
interviews of the assistant housing director and deputy fire marshal were used to develop
a lesson plan for fire safety awareness. A four-pronged approach to fire safety in student
housing established by the USFA (Mowrer, 1999) was used as an outline for the program.