Almost every building on the campus of the University of Arizona has a fire alarm system. A fire alarm system consists of the following components:
- Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP)
- Initiation Devices (Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors, Pull Stations, etc.)
- Notification Devices (Bells, Horns, Strobes, etc.)
When an initiation device is activated, the FACP switches on the notification devices to alert the building occupants.
All of the fire alarm panels on the campus of the University of Arizona are part of a large computer network. The network controller is located at the office of the University of Arizona Police Department. The network controller scans all of the FACP's on the campus (over one hundred of them) every three seconds to check for alarms.
When an alarm occurs in a university building, the network controller will be notified within 3 seconds. A computer screen at the office of UAPD will display the name of the building along with other pertinent information about the location of the alarm. UAPD then notifies the Tucson Fire department (TFD). TFD can respond to a call at the main campus within 4 to 6 minutes.
The Office of Risk Management and UAPD work closely with the Tucson Fire Department to assure that the responding fire fighters get to the correct building in a timely manner.