Fire Safety and Evacuation 

  • Move Away: Get away from the affected area, and verbally alert everyone else of the condition and the need to evacuate. Alert everyone by yelling and banging on doors while proceeding directly to the nearest exit.
  • Activate: Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Call: Contact fire emergency services at 911 and Public Safety at 718-862-7333. Communicate the details of the condition by providing the exact location and nature of the emergency. Describe the fire or smoke condition to the best of your ability.
  • Evacuate: Employees, students and guests are not expected to fight fires and must evacuate the building immediately at the first sound of an alarm. Evacuation should be made via the nearest safe exit. Employees and students must not alter their course of exit in order to search for or notify other occupants.
  • Close Doors: If conditions permit, all doors should be pulled closed as occupants evacuate the building, this helps to contain the fire and smoke.
  • Crawl: Evacuees should crawl and keep as low to the floor as possible, where there is less smoke.
  • Test Doors: Evacuees should test doorknobs, doors and the space around the door with the back of their hand. If the door is warm, try another escape route. If it’s cool, open it slowly and slam it shut if smoke pours through.
  • Do Not Re-Enter Building: Do not go back in or permit anyone else to re-enter a building that is in alarm status. Re-entry can only be made after an ‘all-clear’ signal is given by the fire department and the fire alarm system is reset.
  • Use Stairs: Do not use an elevator during a fire, except in newer buildings where elevators continue to run until an elevator shaft smoke detector is activated.
  • If Trapped: If you can’t get out, call 911 and tell them your exact location. Seal the door with rags and signal from the window. Open windows slightly at the top and bottom, but close them if smoke comes in.
  • Hazardous Materials: These should be secured and laboratory experiments terminated before leaving the building, unless doing so presents a greater hazard.
  • Assembly and Roll Call: Evacuees will be directed by Public Safety staff to a designated assembly area, at least 150 feet from the affected area. At the assembly area, staff must make every effort to account for all occupants and immediately report their findings to the fire department and college administrators.
  • Special Concerns: During an emergency, certain students and visitors may not be familiar with the evacuation plan and must be informed of the requirement to evacuate and the evacuation routes, special attention should be given to any persons with disabilities, especially those who are visitors or unfamiliar with the building.

Fire Safety – Evacuation of Disabled Persons 

The Public Safety office, in cooperation with all departments, shall make every effort to track the locations of all persons (students, employees and visitors) with both obvious and reported disabilities during their time on campus. In the event evacuation is necessary, every effort must be made to facilitate and assist in the evacuation of persons with disabilities. Finally, Public Safety personnel shall immediately direct arriving emergency responders (fire, police and EMS) to the location of those individuals with disabilities.

Evacuation chairs are available through the Public Safety office in the event it becomes necessary to evacuate a non-ambulatory disabled person.