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University and Fire Department Relations. The questions…. Can Universities and Fire Departments work together? What can the FD provide to the College/University? What can Colleges and Universities provide to the FD/community?. Texas A&M University. Fall 2009 Enrollment – 48,885

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University and fire department relations
University and Fire Department Relations

The questions
The questions…

  • Can Universities and Fire Departments work together?

  • What can the FD provide to the College/University?

  • What can Colleges and Universities provide to the FD/community?

Texas a m university
Texas A&M University

  • Fall 2009 Enrollment – 48,885

    • Includes 8,200+ Freshmen

  • 5,200+ Acre Main Campus

  • 850+ Buildings

  • 21.1 Million Square Feet

  • 1.3 Million New Square Feet in Construction

Community eoc
Community EOC

12,000 SF Emergency Operations Center

A single EOC for all county entities

City of College Station

City of Bryan

Brazos County

Texas A&M University

Emergency Managers from all entities are co-located in the facility

Set up and ready to go 24 Hours/Day

Can be activated by any of the entities

All entities are equal partners

Area wide radio system
Area Wide Radio System

Joint Effort for Federal Radio Interoperability Grant

700 MHz Radio System


City of College Station

City of Bryan

Brazos County

Texas A&M University

Mutual aid agreements
Mutual Aid Agreements

Hazardous Materials Response

CSFD Primary Hazardous Materials Response group for the 7 County Region

TAMU EHS has an agreement to respond and assist if needed

Often provides standby for equipment & personnel for distant responses

Share in equipment purchases

Prevents duplication of equipment and allows for more specialized purchases

Joint communications
Joint Communications

EHS Staff on College Station Paging System

EHS Haz-Mat techs receive all CS Haz-Mat pages

EHS has in-house procedures for response

Select EHS staff receive

FD Admin Pages

FD General Alarm Pages

Shared Radio Talk groups

Student education
Student Education

  • Mock Dorm Room Burn

    • CSFD

    • NFPA

    • Center for Campus Fire Safety

    • Dominos Pizza

    • Residence Life

    • EHS

Special events
Special Events

Athletic Events

Football Games

88,000+ Capacity

Regular Dignitaries

Governor, Senators, Former President, Secretary of Defense

NCAA National Championships

Other large events

Often require many local agencies to assist university personnel

George H.W. Bush Library - World Leaders

Visits from two sitting presidents in the last 10 months

Kyle field command
Kyle Field Command

University Police

College Station Police

Bryan PD

Brazos County SO





Contemporary Services Corp.



A&M Care Team


A&M Transportation


Colleges universities
Colleges & Universities

  • What can you do to support the local Fire Department?

    • Communicate

    • Communicate

    • Communicate

Monthly update meeting
Monthly Update Meeting

Bryan Fire

Bryan Police

College Station Fire

College Station Police

TAMU Police


TAMU Physical Plant

TAMU Emergency Planning

TAMU Risk Management


County Volunteer FD

Monthly meeting topics
Monthly Meeting Topics

Construction Update

Upcoming Campus Events

Athletic Events & Non-athletic


New Research Projects


Emergency Exercises

New System Installations/Retrofits

Road Closures/Access Issues

Campus Representatives

Plan review
Plan Review

New construction & major renovations - Email notification list includes College Station Fire Marshal

Small renovations & retrofits are reviewed in house

Utilization of City Guidelines & Standards

Knox Box

Other shared opportunities
Other Shared Opportunities

Email Notification List (UPD, FD, EMS)

Road Closures; Crane Lifts, Fire System outages; Hydrant Maintenance; Significant Events

Facility Tours

All new construction and major renovations

New or special operations


College university can provide
College & University Can Provide

  • Unique Facilities

  • Unique Hazards

  • Volunteers

    • Shelter Operations

    • Exercise participants

  • Subject Matter Experts

    • Engineers

    • Chemists

    • Interpreters

  • Equipment

    • Busses; heavy equipment

  • Training opportunities

Wrapping up
Wrapping up…

  • Is there a set model that works for everyone?

  • Is it always easy?

  • Does everyone always get their way?

  • Can Colleges/Universities live without the local FD?

  • Can communities live without the College/University?

Colleges universities must together
Colleges/Universities must together!

  • If you haven’t started building the relationship - get started today.

  • It is a matter of when… Not if you will be called upon to work together in a time of crisis….