Alarms in multiple occupancies
We have a university in our town, and one of the dorms has a bad reputation for burning popcorn,pizza, etc. When i first joined my dept. we were running there twice a week. We even ran there 4 times in one night. it had gotten bad enough that we were having a hard time filling initial engines with personnel to respond up there, let alone a full truck company. It has gotten better since we decided to put our foot down and make the university administration do upgrades to the building alarms, and formed a college relations committee to have better communications with university admin. and security. I recently became chairman of the college relations commitee and I need ideas from you guys on how to approach this without totally making people go ballistic.
Here is the situation, if an alarm comes in, our initial engine responds with six, four people in packs, and they start an investigation to determine the nature of the alarm. The truck company comes in about 2 min. behind the intial engine and the crew comes in to make sure everyone has evac'd. 2nd due engine from station 2 is 10 mins out and usually makes it there just in time for the chiefs to tell them to head back to quarters.
Problem is the college asked us to go room by room, on every alarm to make sure everyone has evacuated, security has also asked us to look for illegal stuff, which i guess in my mind is not our job, and does not make us look good in the students eyes. This has also lead to some students complaining to campus security that they have had stuff missing from their rooms after alarms, none of which have ever been founded of course.
My chief does not like the idea of going through every room on every alarm. He agrees that if there is a fire that we should definetly do a primary search on all floors to make sure the building is cleared out. I suggested that a possible compromise on confirmed alarms only. would be to walk the halls, and only check the room the alarm originated in.
any help would be greatly appreciated, any tips, SOP's, anything i guess!!