while three of the dormitories contain a Class II standpipe system on each floor. Such
systems are often called “House lines,” for use of the occupants. According to Wieder
and Smith (1998), the value of Class II standpipes to building occupants is questionable
as they are undependable for fire control operations. Also, Class II standpipe systems
may encourage occupants to attempt to fight a fire when their safer course may be to flee
the building. Other fire protection equipment identified by Summitt included fire
Moore (2000) described minimum requirements of NFPA 101, the Life Safety
Code. According to Moore, a manual fire alarm system, an automatic sprinkler system,
or an automatic detection system is required for college dormitories. Moore argued that
these were minimum requirements, and that the safest dormitories maintained all three.
Grant (1999) supported this argument, stating the damage caused by fires is 78 percent
less in sprinkled buildings with fewer deaths. According to Grant, no record exists of a
fire killing more than two persons in any building that has been completely sprinkled.
The interview with Jeffrey Summitt revealed the dorms at CSUF maintain two of
three such systems: a manual fire alarm system and an automatic fire detection system.
According to Summitt, the complete installation of automatic sprinkler systems has been
identified by the administration of CSUF as a long-term goal; however, this has not been
accomplished due to budgetary constraints (see Appendix C for the list of questions
asked Jeffrey Summitt).
Mongeau (1999) described the advanced fire prevention and protection features of
West Campus Residence Hall at Northeastern University. The design features of the
dormitory ensured compartmentalization to prevent fire from spreading to corridors or