Fire Protection


To provide a comprehensive plan to address fire incidents involving University property. This plan will endeavor to keep Missouri State University safe from fire by addressing the four major factors involved in fire prevention and fire safety. These items include:

  • Fire safety education and training.
  • Routine inspection of facilities by Public Safety and other University staff.
  • Pre-planning for various fire scenarios and exercising said plans to maintain currency and readiness.
  • Identification of all known requirements to enhance a timely recovery to normal operation of the University as well as minimize any interruption of university services to those we serve.

Roles and responsibilities

All assets of the following University agencies will be utilized to meet the above mentioned objective. These assets and services may include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Administrative Services
    1. Safety and Transportation
    2. Physical Plant
      1. Planning, Design and Construction
      2. Maintenance
  2. Information Services
    1. Computer Services
    2. Telecommunications
  3. Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services
  4. Taylor Health and Wellness Center
  5. Student Life
  6. Food Services

If a serious fire emergency occurs, the University will draw upon area services beyond the normal University community. These assets and services may include, but not be limited to:

  • American Red Cross Disaster Services
  • City Utilities
  • Greene County Office of Emergency Management
  • Greene County Sheriff’s Office
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Salvation Army
  • Springfield Fire Department
  • Springfield Police Department

Currently the following agencies within the University have fire safety training:

  • Public Safety
  • Physical Plant
  • Food Services
  • Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services operations

These agencies work together to provide a constant cycle of routine and impromptu safety inspections, including, but not limited to:

  • Extinguisher inspections and maintenance
  • Sprinkler system inspections and maintenance
  • Alarm system inspection and maintenance
  • Evacuation systems enhancement

While the thrust of this document is the actual response to a fire emergency, it is imperative that all members of the University community strive to prevent an incident before it happens. This requires a campus-wide commitment to PREVENTION. Factors involved in this function include:

  • Commitment to State of Missouri Fire Codes
  • A positive and active dialogue with local fire officials
  • Attentive and timely maintenance of life safety systems

On-Campus Emergencies, Dial 417-836-5509.

Off-Campus Emergencies, Dial 911.

In all cases of fire, Public Safety must be notified immediately!

  • Know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm systems in your area and know how to use them.
  • If a minor fire appears controllable, Immediately contact the Fire Department and Public Safety. Then promptly direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.
  • If an emergency exists, Activate the building alarm (through pull station). Precaution: Also report the fire by telephone.
  • On large fires that do not appear controllable, Immediately notify Public Safety at 417-836-5509. Evacuating all rooms and closing all doors will confine the fire and reduce oxygen. Do Not Lock Doors.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded an emergency exists: walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Assist the handicapped in exiting the building! Remember that elevators are reserved for handicapped persons. But Do Not Use Elevators in case of Fire.
  • Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know your area assembly points.
  • If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  • A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
  • Do not return to an Evacuated Building unless permitted to do so by a University official.

Note: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location. Do Not Panic! Remain calm.