Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Any person discovering fire, smoke or other emergency condition should CALL 911 or ACTIVATE A FIRE ALARM BOX.

Notify Public Safety at ext. 8888 or 212 237-8888 that an alarm has been transmitted.

In the event that it becomes necessary to implement the building’s Fire Safety plan, listen for and follow the directions given by the Fire Safety Director/and emergency response personnel including Public Safety.

Elevators should never be used in a fire.  Use the elevators only if and when directed to do so by the Fire Safety Director / staff or emergency response personnel.

Fire Emergency Plan
Floor wardens and searchers are assigned to serve specific areas of the building. When appropriate, they will be activated. They are trained to assist with the evacuation process throughout the campus. Their job is to facilitate evacuations and common space assembly of all kinds and to pass information to the fire safety command station. Please comply with their directions.

When fire alarms ring, please make note of the announcement that immediately follows. It will provide you with instructions on where to assemble. If a false alarm occurs, an “all clear” announcement will follow via the fire command response system. Treat all fire alarms as real unless otherwise directed by the floor wardens or members of the public safety staff.

John Jay has taken the appropriate planning and training to be ready and able to react quickly to fire and other emergency situations that may occur. John Jay currently conducts multiple fire drills each semester. These drills have reinforced our confidence that we can fully evacuate the buildings quickly and in an orderly fashion. Fire wardens have been designated to ensure evacuation of the part of the building they are responsible for.

New Building

There are Fire Wardens assigned to each floor of the building.

Haaren Hall Building
There are Fire Wardens assigned to each floor of the building.

Westport Building
There are Fire Wardens assigned to each floor of the building.

North Hall Building
In the event of an alarm condition in the North Hall building, we advise all occupants of the building to immediately evacuate and move 500 feet from the building upon exiting.


Fire Safety

  1. Be familiar with the location of stairways, fire extinguishers, fire exits, and pull boxes in the campus buildings that you frequent.
  2. If a minor fire appears controllable, immediately contact (personally or preferably have someone else call) the Department of Public Safety at 212-237-8888 or ext. 8888. Locate a portable fire extinguisher. Then promptly direct the discharge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame by squeezing the trigger and moving the hose in a side- to-side motion. Do not use water extinguishers on electrical fires.
  3. In the case of large fires that do not appear controllable, immediately activate a fire pull station and, if time permits, call 212-237-8888 or ext. 8888 to report the exact location of the fire. If time permits, close the door of the room where the fire exists.
  4. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, always assume that an emergency exists. Touch closed doors; do not open them if they are hot. If the door is cool, brace yourself behind the door and open it slowly. Bracing yourself behind the door prevents the door from being blown open due to the pressure created by the fire. Walk quickly to the nearest exit and alert others to do the same. Do not use the elevators during a fire.
  5. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.
  6. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 100 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. These essential personnel must be allowed to do their jobs.
  7. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a College official. 
  8. If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If possible, place a wet cloth at the base of doors to keep smoke from entering. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location. Dampen a cloth with water, place it over your nose, and breathe lightly through it. It is understood that these items may not be available to you—hence the importance of moving quickly and knowing your escape routes.
  9. Should your clothing catch fire, Stop, Drop and Roll. Rolling on the ground will help smother the fire; this is in fact very effective.



You are not expected or required to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. If you feel comfortable putting out a small fire, the following are steps on how to use a fire extinguisher:

  • Pull the pin of the extinguisher
  • Aim at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher
  • Sweep the extinguisher hose side to side

Always fight the fire with your back to an exit.


John Jay’s Accessibility Services provides comprehensive access to support services and programs for undergraduate and graduate students with hearing and visual impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, chronic illnesses and psychological impairments. To learn more about what defines a disability, click here. It is John Jay College's responsibility to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to services and are not discriminated against because of a disability.

Students needing assistance can seek accommodations from the Office of Accessibility Services through the Accessibility Services Deputy Director Nadia Griffith-Allen at and 212-237-8031, NB office L.66. Students may also consult with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Gabriela Leal, at or at 646-557-4674 regarding this policy.

Employees, faculty and visitors can notify Public Safety that they may require assistance during an emergency. Please call 212-237-8524. Inform us of where you will be working or visiting upon your arrival.

The Department of Public Safety routinely provides education regarding building safety, including safe evacuation, in conjunction with the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

NFPA Information:

More than 43 million Americans have a disability. The identity of the group of Americans with disabilities is constantly changing — at any moment we ourselves could become part of this group, for maybe a short time or maybe for a long time. NFPA has long been involved with developing strategies and fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities. Please download and use any of the free educational materials they have developed for people with disabilities, friends and families, and workplaces, schools and communities.