The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) works to protect life and property from the hazard of fire and explosion. The OFM is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for UMD in the areas of construction plan review, fire inspections, fire investigations, and public education.
About the Office of the Fire Marshal
The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for: managing the University's compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code and other applicable fire safety laws and standards; providing fire safety education and training; investigating all fires that occur on University property; and performing plan review and construction inspections. Life safety is the primary objective of the fire safety program. UMD Fire Marshals are delegated fire prevention and investigation authority by the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Programs include: fire exit drills; fire safety education for students, faculty, and staff; fire inspections of campus buildings and public assembly events, emergency procedure planning and training, fire data analysis, code consultation, general fire safety issue consultation, coordination and issuance of required permits, fire/arson investigations, AED/CPR/first aid training, management of the UMD AED program.
The Fire Marshal's Office provides construction plan review and associated inspection services for structures owned or operated by the University of Maryland, on property owned by University of Maryland, and for campuses served by the UMD Service Center (includes Bowie State University, UMES, Salisbury University, Universities at Shady Grove, UMUC, Frostburg State University). Projects and facilities are designed and constructed in accordance with the State Fire Prevention Code, the Maryland Building Performance Standards, and other applicable regulations. UMD projects are also designed in accordance with the Design Criteria and Facilities Standards (DCFS) Manual.
Fire Safety in Off-Campus Housing
Automated external defibrillator (AED)
The University Fire Marshal’s Office acts as the administrator for the University of Maryland Public Access AED program.
An AED is a medical device that analyzes the heart rhythm of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest and delivers an electric shock to restore the heart rhythm to normal.
Plan Review Supporting Documents
- ESSR Needs Assessment Checklist
- University of Maryland Office of the Fire Marshal Comprehensive ESSR Plan Review & Inspection Process Flow Chart
Life Safety Systems
Life safety systems (fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, and generators) are serviced by Facilities Management Operations and Maintenance. To report problems call the Customer Response Center at (301) 405-2222.
- Annual Fire Safety Report
- Explosives Laws
- Fire on Campus - includes information on what to do if there is a fire, surviving building fires and preventing fires
- Watch the Get Out and Stay Alive Student Housing and Fire Survival video
- Center for Campus Fire Safety
- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- Fire Safety Tips
- Fire Safe Student Housing: A Guide for Campus Housing Administrators
- Fire Protection Engineering University of Maryland
- Maryland State Fire Marshal blog
- National Fire Protection Association
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- United States Fire Administration