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Fire Safety at Vanderbilt

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Be prepared for a Fire

What you can do

Even with the extensive fire prevention measures in place on our campus, fires can still happen.  It is everyone's responsibility to make Vanderbilt as safe from the threat of fire as possible.  The information provided here will help you to recognize hazards that could result in a fire and enable you to respond properly in the event of an actual fire.

About the Fire Safety Systems at Vanderbilt

Fire alarm systems are installed in every building on campus. Fire suppression systems are installed in many campus buildings, including all residential and medical center buildings. Sprinkler system operation, activation of a fire alarm manual pull station or the detection of smoke will activate a building’s fire alarm system. The alarm systems warn occupants and also initiate notification of Metro Nashville Fire department, Vanderbilt Police and Plant Services or Plant Operations. 

No smoking is allowed in any building on the Vanderbilt campus.  Smoking is also prohibited outside on the University and Medical Center smoking symbol

Locations of designated smoking areas for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are available here.  Information about smoking cessation is available from Student Health Services and the Occupational Health Clinic.


Fire Pit Policy

Thinking about having a fire pit on campus? First, follow these steps:

     1. Read these guidelines provided by the Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office.
     2. If your fit pit plans are in accordance with the Fire Marshal's guidelines above, please fill out the
         VUPD Fire Pit  Regulations Form from and email it to Jessamyn Davis in Emergency Preparedness. 
     3. After the form has been received, you will be contacted to schedule a site visit. This will be the final determining                factor. 
Please call or email Jessamyn at 615-981-4600 if you have any questions or need clarification regarding this process. 


Vanderbilt University strives to make our community as safe as possible, especially when dealing with fire safety. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete these steps. 

Fire Safety Resources 

Fire Extinguisher Training

Click here to learn more about the different types of fires and extinguishers. 

Michael H. Minger Foundation 

Click here to discover the MHM Foundation and explore more fire safety resources. 

Campus and Dorm Fire Safety Tips

The National Fire Protection Association offers helpful tips for fire safety in dorms. Click here to learn more. 



Questions?  Contact us.