EH&S is responsible for scheduling fire drills for the UW Seattle campus and major research stations. If you have a preference on the time of year for your drill, please contact EH&S so that we may add it to our planning schedule.
Drills are generally unannounced so they are more realistic and educational. EH&S will generally schedule fire drills for UW Seattle about three weeks in advance by coordinating with the building coordinator, evacuation director, and key administrators so that a date and time may be identified for the drill that avoids unnecessary disruption to operations. For research buildings advance notification may be extended to a key person for each lab so that the drill does not create a safety hazard or disrupt critical and expensive lab operations. However, other personnel should not be informed.
All drills are scheduled during normal business hours, usually between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For UW Seattle, contact John Gunderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For UW Bothell, contact Darren Branum at email@example.com. For UW Tacoma, contact Dave Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Fire Code requires all Group B (business) buildings having an occupant load of 500 or more persons, or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit discharge, to perform annual fire drills. High-rise buildings, institutional occupancies (hospitals), assembly occupancies greater than 300 persons, educational occupancies (daycare and K-12), and residential occupancies (residence halls and apartments) must conduct fire drills at the frequencies noted below:
|Group or Occupancy
||Office, teaching, & research buildings
||Buildings 75 ft (7 stories) and taller
(for each shift)
||Kane, Meany, HUB, sports venues
(for employees only)
||Residence halls, apartments
Evacuation directors are responsible for critiquing their drill with support from EH&S. Observations about the drill should be shared with evacuation wardens and key personnel to improve future response and performance. A Fire Drill Report form is available here (this form requires the current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader).