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,