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EWU Police Department
820 Washington
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4021
fax: 509.359.6054


If you observe fire or smoke:

  • Determine the location of the fire and what may be burning.
  • Call 911.  Provide your name and the location of the fire. If in a safe location, stay on the line with the dispatcher until told you may hang up.
  • If you hear the evacuation alarm, proceed to the appropriate assembly area.
  • If the fire is small, you may attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher if you have been properly trained. Do not jeopardize your personal safety. All fires, no matter how small, must be reported to the University Police at 359-7676.
  • Evacuate your area if you are unable to put out the fire. Close doors behind you to confine the fire. Proceed to the appropriate assembly area.
  • Know alternate exits from your work area.  Never allow the fire to come between you and the exit.
  • Before opening a door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and doorframe.  If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it carefully.  If the door is hot, or if smoke is visible, do not open the door.  If you have to move through a burning or smoked filled area, stay low to the ground or crawl.  Use a damp cloth to breathe through if it is available.
  • Do not break a window unless it is the ONLY means of escape. Oxygen feeds a fire.
  • If you are in a room and cannot escape, leave the door closed, stay low to the floor and hang a white or light colored cloth in an outside window.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not attempt to save possessions at the risk of personal injury.
  • Do not return to the area until instructed to do so by a Public Safety official.


Persons using wheelchairs should move to Areas of Refuge if available. If these are not available, they should shelter-in-place unless the danger is imminent. Shelter-in-place means remaining in a room with an exterior window, a telephone and a solid or fire resistant door. Call  911 and report the location.

For false or needless alarms or an isolated or contained fire, a person with a disability may not need to evacuate. The decision to evacuate will be made by the fire department. The fire department will tell the individual or relay the information via the EWU Police Department.

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