residence suites. The tallest building is three stories in height. Construction ranges from
ordinary wood frame to fire resistive.
Twenty-four hour security is provided by on-campus California State Police. The
state police department provides dispatch and central station alarm for all emergencies on
campus. When a fire is reported, a police officer is assigned to investigate the
emergency. If needed, subsequent dispatch of the Fresno Fire Department is initiated.
California State University, Fresno resides in the city of Fresno, a metropolitan
city located approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The city
consists of a highly diverse population of over 440,000 people within a community
considered the economic and cultural center for one of the nation’s fastest growing
The Fresno Fire Department protects an area of approximately 110 square miles
while responding to 30,000 incidents each year. Services provided include fire
suppression, fire investigation, fire prevention, emergency medical services, and
hazardous materials mitigation from 16 strategically located fire stations. In 2001, the
Fresno Fire Department reported a total fire loss of over 15 million dollars.
Approximately 20 percent of this loss was due to arson (City of Fresno, 2003). Even so,
the fire department is minimally staffed. This is often attributed to California’s property
tax cutting initiative, Proposition 13. Due to budget reductions the Department reduced
its firefighting force from 303 to 214 between 1980 and 1995 (Smith, 1997). In 2003, the
department was found to maintain 251 sworn firefighters and maintained a class 4 rating
by the Insurance Service Office (City of Fresno, 2003).