Fire wardens play a key role in keeping building occupants safe by assisting in evacuations and practicing fire prevention. Every building on campus has at least one fire warden coordinator and several fire wardens depending on building layout. The fire wardens assist with evacuations by verifying that workspaces are properly evacuated, and assist with guiding the occupants to the form up area identified for each building. In addition to emergency evacuation duties, staff who become fire wardens promote fire prevention.

Become a fire warden

The fire warden program is open to all University staff who wish to volunteer. In buildings with several area fire wardens, a warden coordinator is identified to coordinate the program with the direction and assistance of the Safety Office and faculty coordinator, if applicable.

If you are interested in promoting fire prevention and life safety within your building, please contact the Safety Office.

Fire warden role

Fire wardens primarily assist in building evacuations and promote fire prevention. Specifically, they will:

  • Notify supervisors of fire safety concerns.
  • Advise all personnel within their area to evacuate using the nearest exit during evacuations.
  • Close all doors.
  • Leave the building and direct occupants to the building’s form up area.
  • Notify UW Police or security, or other authorities if anyone is unaccounted for or were unable/unwilling to leave the building.
  • Participate in debriefings after evacuations.