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Fire

Upon discovering a fire, close the door to the room where the fire is located and immediately sound the building fire alarm.

Call the District Police Department at extension 5911 (559 244-5911 for 24 hour service). Be prepared to give your name, department, and location of the fire. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

If the fire is small (e.g. trash can), you may wish to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher or a building fire hose.  Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting.  If you are not sure, read the instructions on the fire extinguisher.

If the fire is large, very smoky, or rapid-spreading, evacuate the building immediately.  Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to evacuate immediately.  The alarm should sound continuously.  If it stops, continue to evacuate.  Warn others who may enter the building after the alarm stops.

If time permits, take purses and lock files before leaving.  Walk, do not run, to the nearest exit.  Evacuate to a distance of 500 feet from the building and stay out of the way of emergency personnel.  Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by public safety personnel.

When the alarm sounds do not use the elevator.  An elevator may become inoperative and become a trap.  If possible give assistance to disabled persons using the stairs.

If you have a mobility impairment, request assistance from those nearest you.  In the event no one provides assistance, proceed to the nearest stairway landing.  Shout for help and wait there until help arrives

Notify either public safety or firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.