Fire Evacuation Drills
The Office of Health & Safety conducts fire drills twice a year in all residence halls at the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses. The first drill is scheduled early in the fall semester and the second drill is conducted during the spring semester. All fire drills are unannounced.
The purpose of fire drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of fire or other emergency. At GW, fire drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants 'practice' drill procedures, and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm.
In addition, fire drills allow the university an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components.