University Safety and Assurances

Floor Captain Responsibilities During a Fire:Floor Captain

The position of Floor Captain is that of a volunteer, providing aid to other building occupants, visitors and students in the event of an emergency. Floor captains are responsible for knowing all exit locations from occupied areas of their building. Floor captains are NOT, however, expected to risk their personal safety by delaying their own evacuation from a building in order to perform rescue or structural firefighting activities for which they are neither properly trained, nor equipped.

To help achieve safe, orderly evacuations and provide the best possible aid to others, Floor Captains are to implement these steps whenever a fire alarm begins to sound:

  1. At the sound of the evacuation alarm, proceed to an exit and verify it is usable, i.e. free of smoke and obstructions. (For information on the evacuation routes for your building, please review the Emergency Evacuation Maps for your building.)
  2. Calmly and clearly announce that the building must be evacuated and direct people to leave via this exit in a calm and orderly fashion.
  3. Caution occupants against the use of elevators.
  4. With evacuation underway, quickly check their assigned Floor area to make certain that no one is left behind.
  5. As soon as their assigned area has been checked, complete their own evacuation of the building.
  6. If the recommended evacuation route should become blocked, carefully reroute all evacuees to another available exit.
  7. Encourage people to move at least 100 feet away from the building and away from the building entrances.*
  8. Re-entry into the building is not permitted unless authorized by Fire Department personnel.

REMEMBER: At all times, your personal safety is of paramount importance. At no time should any of these activities be undertaken if your personal safety will be at risk.

*The Department of University Safety and Assurances is in the process of assessing the locations that has been designated as "Areas of Assembly" for campus buildings. These designated assembly areas are located in an open area away from the building and out of the way of responding emergency personnel vehicles, fire lanes, fire hydrants and equipment staging areas. There may be more than one assembly area designated depending on the size of the building, type of evacuation event and the location of the exits. These proposed locations will be evaluated to determine their suitability.

Once these "Areas of Assembly" have been evaluated and final locations selected, information on the locations will be shared with the building occupants. Floor captains should become familiar with the designated "Areas of Assembly" for their building and will assist occupants in moving to the assembly area(s) during an actual evacuation.

Floor Captain's Role During Fire Drill:

All Floor Captains will be asked to assemble at the meeting location 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the drill for final instructions. Once you have received your final instructions, you will report to your assigned Floor to observe the evacuation. Your role during the drill will be:

  1. Monitor corridors on assigned floor to ensure personnel are moving toward exits.
  2. Check restrooms on assigned floor to ensure they have been evacuated. Concentrate on public areas. Office managers, classroom lecturers, and laboratory or workshop heads should be responsible for advising occupants in their areas to evacuate.
  3. Make sure fire doors on enclosed stairways and exits are closed and not blocked open.
  4. Assist and/or direct occupants with limited mobility to the stairwell, or down stairs if able to negotiate stairway.
  5. Make sure that the people that have evacuated the building move a safe distance (at least 100 feet) away from the exit.
  6. Prevent re-entry into the building until the fire drill coordinator announces the "All-Clear" signal.
  7. Once the "All-Clear" signal has been given, return to the assigned meeting location and report presence of anyone still on your Floor.
  8. Fill out the Fire Drill Response Form .pdf Document, Adobe Acrobat Required for your building and turn it in to the fire drill coordinator.


Floor Captain Responsibilities During a Tornado (or other "Shelter-in-Place") Emergency

Floor captains may be called upon to serve as liaisons within their building to receive critical information (phone call, email or other means) from appropriate UWM offices and to relay the information to building occupants (e.g. tornado; chemical release). Your role will be to make a sweep of the floor to which you are assigned to ensure that everyone is responding appropriately. This may include directing individuals to evacuate to a shelter or finding aid for someone having difficulty moving to a shelter, assuming such action can be done safely. Not everyone will be familiar with shelter locations so you may need to direct people to them.

The floor captain is to check each room on their designated floor to ensure that all occupants are aware of the emergency and the need to respond. The captains are responsible only for warning all individuals on their floor, but are not responsible for convincing or forcing people to take shelter. Ask people to move quickly and calmly to shelter areas using the nearest stairwell.

Notify the building chair or emergency responders of any suspected or known unsafe conditions present on their floor.

REMEMBER: At all times, your personal safety is of paramount importance. At no time should any of these activities be undertaken if your personal safety will be at risk.