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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

regions.

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).

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