University of Houston-Victoria

Emergency Management

Fire Safety

The University of Houston-Victoria Fire Marshal's Office ensures that all buildings and activities meet requirements and maintain compliance with NFPA 101 and NFPA 1.

UHV complies with the UH Fire & Life Safety Code. All construction plans must be reviewed and approved by this office. Construction and installation of fire protection systems require permitting. Permits may be obtained through the fire marshal's office at UHV.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed by emailing Stuart Sherman or by phone at 361-570-4245.

Stuart Sherman


If an evacuation alarms sounds you should…

  1. Call 911. If no response, call UHPD at 361-570-4357
  2. Check immediate area for other employees who may not be aware of the alarm and warn them.
  3. Accompany or assist handicapped personnel, visitors and any co-workers who appear to need calm direction or assistance
  4. Leave the area and take personal items with you.
  5. Shut all doors behind you as you leave. Closed doors can slow the spread of fire, smoke and water.
  6. Before you open a closed door, feel it with the back of your hand. If it is hot, leave it closed and use your alternate escape route. If it feels normal, brace your body against the door and open it a crack. Be prepared to slam it shut if heat or smoke rushes in.
  7. Never use an elevator during a fire emergency. An elevator might be called or sent to the fire floor thus exposing passengers to deadly heat and gases.
  8. Proceed to the primary exit which is located .
    • If unable to use the primary exit, proceed to the secondary exit which is located.
  9. If you must use an escape route where there is smoke, stay as low as possible. Crawling lets you breathe the cleaner air nearer the floor as you move toward the
    • Proceed to the designated assembly area. The assembly area for your group is
  10. Meet with other members of your group and remain in the assembly area and wait for further instructions.

If a fire occurs in your area you should…..

  1. Remain calm. Uncontrolled panic can result in more serious problems than the actual
  2. Close the door(s) and/or window(s) to isolate
  3. Go to the nearest fire alarm pull station and activate alarm.
    • The closest fire alarm pull station is
    • The next closest fire alarm pull station is
  4. Call 911 and report the location of the fire. Then contact the University Police at 361-570-4357
  5. If the fire is small and you are trained in the use of fire extinguishers you can attempt to put the fire out. Do not jeopardize your personal safety to do so. Do not allow the fire to come between you and the exit.
  6. Disconnect electrical equipment that is on fire if it is safe to do so. Pull the plug or throw the circuit breaker.
  7. All employees who are not involved in the firefighting or evacuation efforts should immediately begin the evacuation procedures and travel to the meeting/muster