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University of Maryland Fire Marshal's Office/ Fire Safety

The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for: managing the University's compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code and other applicable fire safety laws and standards; providing fire safety education and training; investigating all fires that occur on University property; and performing plan review and construction inspections. Life safety is the primary objective of the fire safety program. UMD Fire Marshals are delegated fire prevention and investigation authority by the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Programs include: fire exit drills; fire safety education f or students, faculty, and staff; fire inspections of campus buildings and public assembly events, emergency procedure planning and training, fire data analysis, code consultation, general fire safety issue consultation, coordination and issuance of required permits, fire/arson investigations.

The Fire Marshal's Office provides construction plan review and associated inspection services for structures owned or operated by the University of Maryland, on property owned by University of Maryland, and for campuses served by the UMD Service Center (includes Bowie State University, UMES, Salisbury University, Universities at Shady Grove, UMUC, Frostburg State University). Projects and facilities are designed and constructed in accordance with the State Fire Prevention Code, the Maryland Building Performance Standards, and other applicable regulations. UMD projects are also designed in accordance with the Design Criteria and Facilities Standards (DCFS) Manual.

Life safety systems (fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and generators) are serviced by Facilities Management Operations and Maintenance Life Safety Systems. To report problems call the Work Control Center at (301) 405-2222.

Fire suppression (firefighting) and emergency medical services are provided by the Prince George's County Fire & EMS Department (PGFD). PGFD Station 12 is a University building which houses the College Park Volunteer Fire Department (CPVFD).


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