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FIRE / FIRE ALARM PROCEDURES

Procedures

The following covers procedures related to Fire, Fire Drills, and False Alarms.

Fire

In case of fire, pull fire alarm. 

If a fire extinguisher is close by and the fire appears manageable, you may attempt to put the fire out. Please note this is not required. If you are not sure about the manageability of the fire or are not familiar with the operation of a fire extinguisher immediately evacuate the building with the rest of the students and staff. Do not be a hero, if the fire can not be put out immediately evacuate the building along with the rest of the students and staff.

If fire alarm is sounding the procedures below must be followed.

» Evacuate the building.
» Designated administrator(s) calls 911 to report fire alarm sounding.
» Notify Parkway School District personnel from outside of building.
» Remain outside of building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into building.

Evacuate the building.

Do not hesitate to evacuate the building. The safety of students and staff is the primary concern when a fire alarm sounds.

Do not attempt to investigate the source of the fire, this wastes time.

Fire and especially smoke can spread very rapidly. Make sure staff are trained to insure classroom doors are closed as they leave their rooms. Please note it is against building codes and fire ordinances to prop open doors that have automatic closers. The closers are there to insure that these doors are shut in case of fire.

Follow the building's evacuation plan to insure all students and staff are out of the building and accounted for.

Even if the fire has been put out by building staff or building sprinkler systems, remain out of the building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into the building.

Designated administrator(s) calls 911 to report fire alarm sounding.

Do not call 911 from inside the building. Evacuate the building first, then locate a telephone to make the call. 

Tell the 911 operator that a fire alarm has sounded. Stay calm and answer the 911 operator's questions to the best of your ability.

The 911 operator may ask the name of the school and the address. Make sure to stress the full name of the school to avoid confusion (e.g., Parkway West Middle School or Parkway West High School, not West or West Middle, etc.). Know the address of the building.

If known, give the location of the fire to the 911 operator and any other information about the fire which may be known (e.g., electrical fire, chemical fire, paper fire, etc.).

Safety and Security department will call 911 after 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, weekends, and holidays unless notified that the fire alarm is a false alarm.  However, if staff are in the building during these times please follow the above procedures as a back up. 

Please note the Safety and Security department does not call 911 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is building staff responsibility to call 911 during these times.

Even if the fire has been put out by building staff or building sprinkler systems, by law the fire department must be notified by calling 911.

Notify Parkway School District personnel from outside of building.

Do not call Parkway School District personnel from inside the building. Evacuate the building first, then locate a telephone to make the call.

Notify the following personnel in the order presented:

  1. Facilities Department at 415-8202 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  2. Safety and Security at 415-8200
  3. Your Assistant Superintendent at 415-8100 or their direct number
  4. Public Affairs at 415-8082

If you can not reach the personnel on the initial attempt, skip them and go to the next personnel on the list. Come back to the personnel skipped after reaching the end of the list.  Do not leave voice mail messages.

Remain outside of building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into building.

Once the Fire Department has been notified, the building is the legal responsibility of the Fire Department. They have the legal right to keep you out of the building until they deem it safe for you to return and can have people interfering with their response arrested. Please cooperate with the Fire Department and follow their instructions.

Even if the fire has been put out by building staff or building sprinkler systems, remain out of the building until the Fire Department states it is safe to go back into the building.

Do not silence the fire alarm at the fire alarm control panel.  Do not reset the fire alarm control panel. Wait for the Fire Department or Facilities Department personnel to silence the alarm and reset the fire alarm control panel. You may accidentally reset the panel in attempting to silence the alarm. If the panel is reset, then the information pertaining to the location of the device that initiated the alarm will be lost, increasing the response time.

Fire Drills

Do not call 911 for fire drills. The Fire Department does not require notification for fire drills.

State law requires a minimum of ten (10) fire drills per school year.

The fire department may require a surprise fire drill at any time. Please cooperate with the Fire Department.

Notify the Facilities Department at 415-8202 just prior to the fire drill and advise them that a fire drill is about to begin. This allows the Facilities Department to check that the fire alarm reported properly to the security station and to dispatch maintenance personnel to the building to reset the fire alarm control panel.

Notify the Safety and Security Department at 415-8200 after the fire drill to check whether the fire alarm signal was received at the security station. The Fire Department, if they are on site, will normally request this check.

False Alarms

Do not call 911 if staff observes a person(s) pull the fire alarm and it is known that the reason the person(s) pulled the fire alarm is false.

If you know how, you may silence the fire alarm. Do not reset the fire alarm control panel. Notify the Facilities Department at 415-8202 to reset the fire alarm control panel.

Notify the SRO and Safety and Security Department at 415-8200 to begin the police investigation and report. Knowingly sounding a false fire alarm is against the law.

If the false alarm is sounded after 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, weekends, or holidays, then contact the Safety and Security Department at 415-8200.   The Security Monitor will contact the appropriate Facilities Department maintenance personnel to advise them of the need to reset the fire alarm control panel.

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