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Public Safety Office Main Phone: Dial 610-921-7670
1311 College Avenue - Reading, PA 19604 (corner of Linden and College Avenue)
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fire!Fire Safety and Prevention

Throughout the years, Albright College has taken the initiative to update many facility systems in order to provide a safe environment for students and staff.

There are electrical smoke detectors in each student room, which alarm locally.  The smoke detectors in the common areas are connected to the central alarm system (SimplexGrinnell), which in turn, is directly connected to the Reading City and Muhlenberg Township Fire Departments, in addition to the Department of Public Safety.  The local fire departments require two fire drills (evacuations) throughout the academic year.

Each residence hall has an assigned Resident Assistant.  These individuals receive training during the year and are required to conduct inspections of the residence halls, communicate safety concerns to hall residents during regularly scheduled meetings and to participate in scheduled fire drills.

The Reading City and Muhlenberg Township Fire Departments support various campus activities and works closely with the College for the continued improvements in the area of fire prevention.  The College does require the complete evacuation of buildings during any alarm event and will discipline/fine students for noncompliance.

During Orientation, students must participate in presentations on fire safety and prevention.  The presentations cover a variety of topics, including:

     1.  Personal safety.

     2.  Residence hall fire prevention and quick reporting.

     3.  Emergency response.


What You Need to Know Ahead of Time …

     1.  Several exit routes from your floor/area.

     2.  The location of at least 2 pull stations

     3.  Individuals in your area that may need assistance in getting to a safe area during an emergency.


If You Discover a Fire …

     1.  Yell out “FIRE” as you are going to the pull station to alert others in the area.

     2.  Call the Albright College Department of Public Safety at x7670 from a safe location.


If You Hear the Alarm Sounding in Your Building …

  1. Start evacuation procedures immediately.

  2. If you can do so without putting yourself at risk, rescue any injured individuals who may need assistance.  (Certain individuals in your building may need assistance with evacuation or getting to a safe location.)

  3. Close all doors behind you.  (This action helps to contain the fire to as small of anarea as possible.)  Never prop open fire doors.

  4. Use exit stairwells for evacuations.

  5. Assemble outside of the building in the pre-determined location for your floor/building.      Never go to another location during an evacuation.

  6. Move away and remain a safe distance from the building.  Do not re-enter the building until permitted by the fire department officials.


Since Albright College is an institution that maintains on-campus student housing, it must maintain a written, easily understood fire log that records, by the date the fire was reported, any fire that occurred in an on-campus student housing facility.  The fire log must include the nature, date, time and general location of each fire.

Any entry or addition to the fire log must be made within 2 business days of the receipt of the information.