Fire and Life Safety

The Fire and Life Safety group of Environmental Health and Safety is dedicated to helping the Texas A&M University community be a safer place to work, study, live, and play. We do this by assisting in developing and implementation of emergency evacuation planning, inspecting and maintaining portable fire protection equipment, and conducting plan reviews of new construction as well as renovation projects.

Contact Information

James Rainer

Adam Chavarria

David Zeiger

Training Opportunities

  • Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training - This course is designed to provide a basic overview of the chemistry of fire as well as the different classifications of fire and types of fire extinguishers. For questions about this course, call 979-845-2132.




Fire and Life Safety Program Areas

Amusement Rides

Amusement rides may present a significant fire and life safety hazard if not inspected, installed, and operated in accordance with the manufactures instructions, industry standards, and other mandatory regulations.   To ensure the safety of these rides for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors this program has been implemented for the use of any amusement ride on Texas A&M University Campuses.

As defined by the Texas Department of Insurance, an amusement ride is any mechanical, gravity, or water device or devices that carry or convey passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement. Examples of amusement rides include:

  • Most mobile carnival rides
  • Most theme park rides
  • Most water park rides and devices
  • Amusement rides also include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Go-karts
    • Rock climbing walls
    • Bungee jumps
    • Zip lines
    • Mechanical bulls
    • Trackless trains
    • Continuous air-flow inflatable rides/devices (bounce houses, inflatable slides), and various simulators


A university issued permit is required for the use of any amusement ride to be displayed or operated on Texas A&M University campuses.


Reference Documents

                EHS Program Document


Templates, Forms, and Applications               

                Amusement Ride Application


Website Links

TDI Rules

Building Emergency Action Plans/Drills

Each facility at Texas A&M University is required to have a written building emergency action plan (BEAP) as specified in the Texas A&M University Emergency Operations Plan.  Templates are available in MS Word format for the development of a standard BEAP  as well as one for small unoccupied facilities.  Each department, facility manager, or building contact is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive building emergency action plan and assisting with the coordination of emergency evacuations drills.  For larger facilities or facilities with multiple departments, it is recommended that a small committee with representatives from each floor and/or department be assembled to develop the plan and distribute to building occupants.  

To ensure that building occupants are prepared for an emergency evacuation, drills must be conducted on a regular basis.  Evacuation may be used to vacate a building for several reasons such as fires, gas leaks, chemical spills, bomb threats or other similar emergencies and emphasis should be placed on orderly evacuation rather than on speed and should:

  • Involve all occupants
    • Everyone should leave the building when the fire alarm sounds
    • A person may be exempt from an evacuation drill if it will cause undue hardship (e.g., interrupt an experiment or procedure that cannot be halted); however, exemptions are strongly discouraged
  • Occupants should close (not lock) doors as they leave the work area, provided this does not violate security procedures. Items that require security may be placed in a locking file cabinet or desk drawer on the way out
  • Floor proctors should check all rooms and close doors on their way out
  • All building occupants should gather in the preplanned meeting place
  • Floor proctors should take a "head count" to determine if all occupants have left the building
  • Upon completion of the drill, an evaluation of the drill shall be conducted and filed with EHS to identify any areas for improvement and to document the drill

Reference Documents

Texas A&M University Emergency Operations Plan – Annex E

Templates, Forms, and Applications

Building Emergency Action Plan Template

Small Building Template

Drill Evaluation Form*

Candles and Incense

The use of candles, incense burners, oil lamps and other items are governed by university SAP 24.01.01.M7.02 – Restriction on Candles.  

General guidelines include:

  • Candles, incense burners, oil lamps or other personal items that have open flames or that smolder, are prohibited in work areas (individual or group), conference rooms, restrooms, etc. in all campus buildings, regardless of whether the item has been lit.
  • Candles, flame effects, or pyrotechnics used for banquets, ceremonies, science demonstrations, theatrical productions, indoor fireworks or other entertainment are addressed in a separate SAP 24.01.01.M7.01 – Use of Pyrotechnics, Flame Effects, or Laser Light Shows
  • This use of candles does not apply to such devices used in the course and scope of University or Agency sponsored research or activities necessary to conduct business operations. If the burning of a candle(s) is permitted under the above-mentioned exemption, the candle must be in a glass or similar container and kept away from combustible materials.

Students living in residence halls and University-owned apartments are governed by similar but separate rules administered by the Department of Residence Life.

In lieu of candles, listed (UL, FM, ETL) air fresheners and wax or potpourri warmers may be used.

Regulations, Rules, and Standard Administrative Procedures

TAMU SAP – Restriction on Candles

Texas A&M University SAP 24.01.01.M7.01 – Use of Pyrotechnics, Flame Effects, or Laser

Website Links

Department of Residence Life Policies

Crowd Manager Training

To conform with the requirements of NFPA 1 – Fire Code and NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code©, EHS has developed a crowd manager program as well as trainings that shall be completed by any faculty, staff, student, or third-party vendor and their staff who may serve in the capacity of a crowd manager or crowd manager supervisor at Texas A&M University. This training would include, but not be limited to, the following levels:

  • Crowd Manager – General Training
  • Crowd Manager – Supervisor Training
  • Crowd Manager – Venue Specific Training(s)

 Regulations, Rules, and Standard Administrative Procedures

 Texas A&M University SAP 24.01.01.M7.04 – Crowd Manager Program

Website Links


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