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University Campus Fire Safety

Fire safety is everyone's responsibility

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free campus

no smoking symbol Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on the Vanderbilt campus.  Smoking is also prohibited outside on the Vanderbilt campus,
with the exception of designated smoking locations.

Special Events on Campus 

If you or a University Organization are planning to host an approved event on campus and you intend to use fire-related activities such as a fire-pit, lanterns, or other types of pyrotechnics.  You must contact Jessamyn Davis, VU Public Safety, in advance for a fire-permit and final approval. 

Open flame activities must be submitted for review and approval per university and city fire safety regulations.  Even approved open flame activities are subject to cancellation or postponement during unsafe weather conditions or other exigent circumstances.   

Thinking about having a fire pit on campus? Fill out the Fire Pit Regulations Form and click submit. 

Having an event under a tent? You may need a fire watch. Fill out the Fire Watch Personnel form so we can determine your event's specific needs. 

Note:  Additional information and a site visit from the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire & Workplace Safety may be required prior to approval. The submission of the request form is not an automatic approval.  

Fire Drills

  • The Office of Emergency Management within VU Public Safety, along with the Office of Housing and Residential Education, schedules and conducts fire drills for all campus residence halls. Click here for the designated Residence Hall Evacuation Rally Points. 
  • Non-residential campus fire drills are conducted by the Office of Emergency Management upon request from building or department administrators. For assistance with conducting a fire drill, please email Jessamyn Davis


The Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire & Workplace Safety provides annual fire safety training to select departments at the University. However, departmental training is conducted upon request, and will cover fire growth basics, response, extinguisher safety, evacuation, and more. 

To schedule a fire safety training for your office or department, please email Jessamyn Davis

VUPD and VEHS Fire and Life Safety Services

  • VUPD is the primary contact for the Metropolitan Nashville and State of Tennessee Fire Marshal's Offices.  If a Fire Marshal schedules an inspection for your building, contact VUPD in advance of the scheduled date so that a Safety Officer will be able to attend.  VUPD, VEHS and other departments will work with you to implement any recommendations or required changes resulting from an inspection.
  • VUPD can also help with
    1. Evaluation of exit access, especially in large assembly areas prior to events with 1000 or more anticipated attendees.
    2. Development of criteria for fire and life-safety systems when planning for occupancy changes, operational changes, remodeling, or additions to buildings. When necessary, VEHS will help you develop interim life safety measures to implement during the construction.
    3. Review of existing building and department-specific Evacuation Plans, and suggestions for refinements and improvements.

Questions?  Contact us.