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of fire through corridors and stairwells. The spread of fire through open stairwells and

open hallway doors is a concern in any residence. Most resident advisors at CSUF

reported doors in these areas were always closed. It appears a heightened state of

security exists in this area. Such practices should be praised with regard to fire safety.

Mowrer (1999) established a guide for student housing administrators that targets

fire safety. The guide addresses four main areas: prevention, awareness and training,

detection and alarm, and suppression. This research found CSUF maintains appropriate

policies and procedures for fire prevention. Further, resident advisors receive initial fire

safety training and conduct semi-annual room inspections and fire drills.

The need for annual fire inspections and code enforcement was identified in this

research. Mallick (2000) found residence halls in New York State, where numerous fires

had occurred, lacked fire inspections. Gold (2000) found similar discrepancies following

the Seton Hall University Incident. The interview with Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank

Santoya suggests the same situation exists at CSUF dormitories. In this case, the

inspecting authority, the California State Fire Marshal, does not conduct fire safety

inspections due to limited staffing. This situation poses undue risk to the dormitories at

CSUF. While a legal responsibility does not exist for the Fresno Fire Department to

conduct annual inspections of the CSUF dorms, certainly a moral responsibility exists.

In conclusion, it appears the administration of the CSUF dormitories is actively

addressing fire safety education for its staff. However, the fire protection system should

be improved to include a complete automatic sprinkler system to provide maximum fire

safety. Further, while appropriate policies and procedures exist with regard to fire safety,

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