A fire may include visible flames, smoke, or strong odors of burning. The person discovering the fire should alert those closest to the fire and evacuate. If possible to do so safely, pull the fire alarm while evacuating. Once outside, dial 911 and notify the fire department of the fires’ location.

Immediate actions

For the person discovering smoke or fire, remember R-A-C-E:
  • R – REMOVE anyone in immediate danger.
  • A – ALARM – Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • C – CONTAIN the fire by closing windows and doors.
  • E – EXTINGUISH the fire only if you can do so safely and quickly, and EVACUATE the building.
Even if the fire is extinguished, call 911 or security.

For persons hearing a fire alarm:
  • Do not ignore a firm alarm.
  • Close, but do not lock doors to your immediate area.
  • Evacuate the building quickly via the nearest exit.
  • Assist others in exiting the building, particularly any persons with access and function needs. If such persons require extra assistance, they should move to or be moved to a designated stairwell landing and wait for assistance by trained first responders.
  • Remain calm and quiet.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Avoid smoke-filled areas.
  • Some departments have logs and/or record files vital to that department. Departments should plan ahead. If vital logs or files may be easily carried, a person should be assigned the responsibility of picking them up as he or she leaves. If this is not practical, plan how vital logs or files may be quickly placed in a safe area. In a fire, more damage is done by water than fire, so even placing items in a desk drawer provides some protection.
For persons evacuating from the immediate fire area:
  • Feel the door from top to bottom carefully, using the backside of your hand very near, but not on the door. (Note: If you use your palm, you may injure it, and that will hamper crawling and further use.) If it is hot, do not proceed; go back.
  • If the door is cool, crouch low, and open the door slowly. Close the door quickly if smoke is present.
  • If no smoke is present, exit the building via the nearest stairwell or exit.
  • If heavy smoke is encountered in a stairwell, go back and try another stairwell.
  • Notify campus security or fire personnel if someone inside the building is trapped or needs assistance evacuating.
  • Gather outside the building at a safe distance. Do not leave so you may be accounted. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until instructed to do so by police, fire personnel, or an authorized University representative.
For persons with disabilities:
  • Persons needing extra assistance to evacuate the building should move to or be moved to a designated stairwell landing and wait for assistance from trained first responders.

When clothing, hair, or other body part becomes engulfed by fire, DO NOT RUN OR ALLOW ANOTHER TO RUN. Instead, follow the rules of STOP-DROP-ROLL.

STOP. Do not run.
DROP. Go to the ground or floor, and cover your face.
ROLL. Rolling may not extinguish flames, but it will slow the burning process.

If trapped in a room
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • Place wet cloth around or under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  • Be prepared to signal to someone outside, but DO NOT BREAK GLASS, unless absolutely necessary, as outside smoke may be drawn into the room.
If caught in smoke
  • Drop to hands and knees, and crawl toward exit.
  • Stay low to the floor, as smoke rises to the ceiling level.
  • Hold your breath as much as possible.
  • Breathe shallowly through your nose, and use a filter such as your shirt or towel.
Following an evacuation
  • Remain calm.
  • Once in a safe area, stay visible, and do not leave. Persons not accounted for may be assumed to be missing and requiring rescue.
  • Supervisors should account for occupants from their respective areas and notify authorities immediately if someone is missing.
  • Follow instructions by those in authority.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building until the “all clear” is given.
Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located in conspicuous places in main halls and at exits. Untrained personnel should call 911, evacuate immediately, and not use fire extinguishers.

Decision making

The responding fire department incident commander will control and make decisions at the fire scene. The fire department will decide when to turn control of the scene back to the University.

Upon notification from the fire department, the campus incident commander or his/her designee will notify individuals who have vacated the building that all is clear.

Kirksville and Mesa Emergency Numbers


Security Emergency and non-emergency 
(On Campus) ext. 33
(Off Campus) 1-660-349-9513

Kirksville Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 9-911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911


Security Office: *7 from any campus phone
Switchboard : 0 
Security Phone: 480-341-9075

Security *Emergencies Only*
(On Campus) *7 from any campus phone

Mesa Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911