Grand Valley State University Implementation Plan
Postsecondary Educational Institutions Instructional Staff Training, Fire Drills & Reporting Requirements
Beginning with the 2015 calendar year, new State of Michigan legislation (Fire Prevention Code, PA 207 of 1941, Public Act 481 of 2014 added MCL 29.19a. Section 19a(2)(a-c) and (3) as amended, effective March 31, 2015) requires all Michigan universities to annually conduct fire drills in dormitories and to annually certify they have trained all instructional staff in fire evacuation procedures.
Failure to comply may result in a civil fine of $500.00 for a first violation and a civil fine of $1,000.00 for a second violation. The bureau may also require a mandatory inspection of GVSU’s facilities and the preparation plan of action report by the bureau or its designee.
The new law requires all of our instructional staff to be trained, not just new hires. The basic annual training should include ensuring evacuation during drills or real emergencies, and identification of primary and secondary egress routes; but other than that, the Bureau of Fire Services does not mandate the actual mode of delivery for the training. The mode of delivery for training is to be determined by each postsecondary educational institution based on their specific needs. All documentation and maintenance of records are the responsibility of the institution and the institution must make records available to BFS on request. The BFS requires a statement certifying that the institution is statutorily compliant.
The new law also calls for a postsecondary educational institution to conduct fire drills in each postsecondary educational institution dormitory as follows:
“Dormitory” under the statue is defined as not having individual cooking facilities for its residents. Those housing units with individual cooking facilities are considered apartments and are not included in the new legislation.
A group comprised of Jon Jellema, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs; Sergeant William O'Donnell, Emergency Manager; David Cox, Safety Manager, Facilities Services; Nathan Veeneman, Facilities Manager, Housing and Residence Life; Kathleen VanderVeen, Assistant Vice President for Inclusion Planning and Director of Disability Support Resources and Mick Doxey, Assistant Vice President for Risk Management have met through the summer to develop the plan for complying with the new legislation.
Instructional Staff Training