Fire Safety Training

Professional and student residence life staff are provided with annual fire safety training conducted by Mt. Vernon Fire Department. Training in fire evacuation procedures for residence life staff is provided annually. Resident fire safety education is conducted periodically.

Mandatory, Supervised Fire Drills

Two per semester in each residence hall

Residence Hall Policies

For fire safety reasons, the College has restrictions on the use or possession of certain cooking appliances, candles, flammable liquids, and other such potential fire safety concerns.  See the Residence Life handbook for complete details.

In accordance with the State of Iowa Smoke free Air Act, smoking is prohibited at Cornell College. All indoor and outdoor spaces are smoke free. More information is available at Cornell College's Smoke free Iowa Air Act.

Students must exit any building immediately when a fire alarm sounds. The College expects all students to respect the fire safety systems that are in place. Failure to abide by these policies will result in conduct action as outlined in the Compass.

Staff protocol

Once the alarm is sounding proceed to the fire panel.  Never silence the alarm.

First Person To Panel

This staff member is in charge of the evacuation procedures.  Determine the location where the alarm has been activated.  Do not leave the panel unless it is unsafe to remain in the building.  Direct the RAs in the following order:  

Second Person To Panel

Call Campus Safety at 895-4299 and then report back to the panel.

Third Person To Panel

Go to fire floor and attempt to find the reason the alarm went off (check smoke detector activation light and pull stations)  If it is a real fire, get off the floor and call 911 (9-911 from campus phone) as soon as you have access to a telephone.  Attempt to clear the floor at the same time if it is safe to do so.  Report back to the fire panel and report reason for the alarm.

Fourth Person To Panel

Knock on doors above the fire floor.  Then report back to the fire panel.

Fifth Person To The Panel

Knock on doors below the fire floor.  Then report back to the fire panel.

Sixth Person To The Panel

Clear all public areas not previously cleared.

All Other RAs

After building is cleared report back to fire panel then assist with crowd control.

Fire Systems

Building

Sprinkler System

Fire Notification System

Bowman-Carter Hall

Yes

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Russell Hall

Yes

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Direct network connection from building to Campus Safety. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Pfeiffer Hall

Yes

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Direct network connection from building to Campus Safety. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Dows Hall

No

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Tarr Hall

No

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Pauley-Rorem Hall

No

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Olin Hall

No

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Merner Hall

Yes

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

10th Ave apartments

No

Local smoke detectors. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted directly by residents.

Harlan House

No

Local smoke detectors. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted directly by residents.

Frank Armstrong House

No Local smoke detectors. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted directly by residents.

Smith Hall

Yes

Building equipped with audible and visual alarms. Campus Safety alerted via exterior strobes and horn. Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted by Campus Safety.

Wilch Apartments

No Local smoke detectors.  Mt. Vernon Fire Department contacted directly by residents.

Fire Safety Improvements

As residence halls are renovated or funds become available steps will be taken to equip buildings with sprinkler systems.

Fire Statistics

  • AY 2013-14: No residence hall fires
  • AY 2012-13: No residence hall fires
  • AY 2011-12: 1 small fire outside residence hall entrance; extinguished using building fire extinguisher
  • AY 2010-11: No residence hall fires