Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Fire Drills

As part of TRU’s emergency preparedness program, evacuation/fire drills are held at the beginning of each semester. Please avoid scheduling exams, important meetings, presentations, events, etc. on these days to minimize disruption.

Remember, you must evacuate your building anytime you hear the alarm bells ringing—you never know when it may be the real thing—and follow the instructions of the volunteer marshals in the orange vests.

Have you downloaded the TRU SAFE app?

Communication is essential during an emergency. When you download the TRU SAFE mobile app, you get timely, critical info in an emergency, as well as a host of safety, security and emergency tools and resources.

TRU SAFE graphic

Drill instructions for faculty

During the first week of classes

For the safety of your students, please take four minutes to review where to find your nearest—and alternate—assembly areas and areas of refuge, the nearest exit route from your classroom or lab, as well as alternate exit routes in case the path of exit is blocked.

This briefing is vital to ensure our students know important safety information. Thank you for your cooperation.

When fire alarms sound

Take your students as a group to the nearest assembly area, and do your best to ensure everyone is accounted for. If someone is missing, immediately advise the incident commander or emergency marshal (bright green or orange vests). This is part of TRU's emergency planning protocols.

Areas of refuge during an evacuation

Persons with mobility issues who cannot use stairs to evacuate the building can go to the nearest area of refuge. These are stairwells marked with the REFUGE sign and wheelchair symbol, and are engineered for fire resistance. Do not use elevators!

Emergency marshals and/or security staff will report your refuge position to the incident commander, who will report your position to fire department personnel in a real emergency.

Join the Campus Emergency Response Team

The primary responsibility of emergency marshals at TRU is the facilitation of building evacuations in the event of a fire, as required by provincial fire regulations. The Office of Safety and Emergency Management is transitioning and expanding the roles of emergency marshals to our new Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, to ensure the university can respond to a variety of safety and emergency situations, and eventually support TRU’s Emergency Operations Centre and Incident Command Operations.

More CERT members are needed in all campus buildings. If you are interested in being part of the team contributing to campus safety, please contact OSEM@tru.ca.

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