University Campus Fire Safety
Fire safety is everyone's responsibility.
Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on the Vanderbilt campus.
prohibited outside on the Vanderbilt campus,
with the exception of
VEHS Fire and Life Safety Services
Environmental Health & Safety (VEHS) department manages fire and
life safety concerns for the Vanderbilt community.
- VEHS 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 VEHS in advance of the scheduled date so that a Safety
Officer will be able to attend.
VEHS and other departments will work with you to implement any
recommendations or required changes resulting from an inspection.
- VEHS can also help with
- Evaluation of exit access, especially in large assembly areas prior to
events with 1000 or more anticipated attendees.
- 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
- Review of existing building and department-specific Evacuation Plans,
and suggestions for refinements and improvements.
- Residential Fire Drills
In cooperation with the Office of Housing and Residential Education,
VUPD coordinates fire drills for all campus residence halls.
- Campus Fire Drills
VUPD will assist departments with fire drill coordination when requested
by building or department administrators.
- Hospital & Clinic Fire Drills
VEHS provides both online and live fire safety training for the
- Student Fire Safety Training
- Students have access to the Burning Issues online
training for residence hall fire safety.
- Residential Housing staff members are provided with fire and
life safety training prior to the beginning of each fall
- Fire Safety advice and training is provided to the Greek
community on an as-needed basis.
- Departmental fire safety training is provided upon