Fire Safety Information
Wellesley College has taken the initiative to
update many facility systems in order to provide a safe environment
for students and staff. We appreciate your concern when it comes to
fire safety and hopefully this posting can answer your questions.
All of the residence halls have sprinkler systems (with the exception
of 2 of the smaller houses) and smoke detectors. There are smoke detectors
in each student room which alarm locally. The smoke detectors in the
common areas are connected to the central alarm system which, in turn,
is directly connected to the Town of Wellesley Fire Department and
to our Campus Police Department. Four fire drills (evacuations) are
required by the Wellesley Fire Department throughout the academic year.
Every dorm has a student acting as a "Fire Chief." These individuals
receive training during the year and are required to conduct biweekly
inspections of the residence halls, communicate safety concerns to
hall residents during regularly scheduled meetings and participate
in scheduled fire drills. In addition, the Heads of House and Resident
Assistants receive training every year.
The Town of Wellesley Fire Department (WFD) supports various campus
activities and works closely with the College for continued improvements
in the area of fire prevention. The WFD, being stationed on the edge
of the campus, responds within minutes of all alarms.
The College requires complete evacuation of buildings during any alarm event and will discipline/fine students for noncompliance. Since
false alarms may lead to lower evacuation response from students, the
College will continue to analyze the causes of the false alarms and
work to reduce their occurrence. With the ongoing reduction of false
alarms, we hope to maintain students diligence when it comes to their
response to all alarms.