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On-Campus Housing Fire Safety Equipment

Susquehanna University residences halls have detection and sprinkler systems and are protected by an integrated alarm system that reports to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) office located in the Degenstein Campus Center. The DPS office is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An officer responds to the building and determines the cause of the alarm and whether the fire department should be notified to respond. All buildings are equipment life with safety systems that will activate in the event of a power failure to operate all life safety equipment including fire safety equipment, sprinkler systems, hallway lighting, emergency exit lights and stairwells.  

University Avenue resident housing fire alarm systems are local audible alarms. When the alarms are activated the residents evacuate and notify the DPS, at 570-372-4444, about the alarm and possible cause. An officer responds to the building and determines the cause of the alarm and whether the fire department should be notified to respond. Again, these buildings are equipped with detection and sprinkler systems.  The University Avenue housing units' fire alarm panels were upgraded and installed at the main entrances, allowing for more efficient alarm identification and response.

The Theta Chi fraternity house alarm reports directly to an outside monitoring company and the local fire department and DPS are notified to respond. This building is equipped with full detection and sprinkler systems.

Future Improvements

University Avenue housing units will be tied into the integrated fire alarm system monitored by the Department of Public Safety. Additionally, Theta Chi fraternity fire alarm system dialer will be changed to call the Department of Public Safety at 570-372-4444, eliminating the external monitoring company and unnecessary local fire department response.

Supervised Fire Drills

Mandatory, supervised fire drills are conducted for each residence hall and University Avenue residence in the fall and spring semesters by the DPS in accordance with the requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Additionally, the public address/warning siren is tested each semester to verify its functionality and the Public Safety Dispatcher staffs operational usage.

Fire Safety Information by Residence




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