"If you discover a fire."

The Fire Drill Plan is under the oversight of the Campus Fire Marshal. The objective of the Fire Drill Plan is to familiarize employees with procedures to follow in the event of a fire. When the procedures are followed, the staff will minimize injuries and loss of life among patients, visitors and personnel. The Campus Fire Marshal or designated representative conducts yearly drills for campus buildings and quarterly for hospital buildings. The drills are conducted according to Uniform Fire Code, Life Safety Code 101 and / or Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) regulations. During the drill, staff is to remove anyone from the danger area, call the emergency number (9-911), activate the building alarm, close doors and windows, locate the fire extinguisher and exits.

The following acronyms, R.A.C.E. and P.A.S.S. have been adopted as memory aids for fire incidents.

R.A.C.E. is used in case of a fire and P.A.S.S. is used for operating a fire extinguisher.

In Case Of Fire...R A C E                                               Fire Extinguisher Use…P A S S   


Anyone endangered by the fire to a safe area


  • Remove locking pin.


Report all fires at once

dial 9-911 and tell UCSF Police Dispatcher:

  • location of fire
  • who you are
  • return telephone number (remain by telephone to receive and transmit orders)
  • whether fire has been extinguished
  • activate the alarm box.



(Use only if:)

  • Point hose at the base of the fire.



  • The emergency telephone number 9-911 has been called.
  • Building alarm has been activated.
  • The fire is small.
  • You are sure you will not be injured.
  • You know how to use an extinguisher.


Close all doors and windows on the fire floor.


  • Compress handle and direct agent to base of fire.


  • If safe to do so.
  • Remain Calm... Reassure patients and staff if necessary.
  • Don't use the telephone... keep lines clear for emergency use.
  • Use stairs or evacuate horizontally...elevator traffic is suspended.
  • Know the location of... exits, fire doors, fire alarm boxes and fire extinguishers
    in case the closest is blocked.


  • Move with a spraying motion from side to side.