What We Do

The Life Safety Systems (LSS) crew inspect and repair all fire protection and life safety equipment in all campus buildings. LSS personnel are highly trained specialists in their field and work in close partnership with the Burlington Fire Department, with UVM Risk Management, and with UVM Police Services. The crew is housed in the South Zone maintenance shop located on Redstone campus.

System Testing Schedules

Fire Alarms

Quarterly testing generally takes place on this schedule:

  • Residence Halls testing occurs during Spring Break (usually March)
  • Medical complex and laboratory testing occurs in Fall (usually late September)
  • Academic & administrative buildings testing occurs during Winter Break (December)

Sprinkler Testing

Annual sprinkler and fire alarm testing campus-wide usually takes place in May, after Spring Commencement and into early June.

"Hot Work" Permits

The Life Safety crew are responsible for issuing "Hot Work" permits to PPD personnel and contractors who are performing maintenance activities that may involve open flames or producing of heat or sparks. Activities such as grinding, cutting, brazing, soldering, torching and welding must be pre-approved by Life Safety.

Plan ahead!  Page 802-350-8029 to reach the crew 24/7 to obtain a "Hot Work" permit.

Life Safety Staff Directory

Office Phone: 802-656-3284
Office Location: Basement of Wing-Davis-Wilks residence hall

TitleNamePhoneEmail
Supervisor, Projects/Life SafetyChris Gebo802-656-2974email Chris
Life Safety TechnicianJoe Beaudry802-316-7327 
Life Safety TechnicianDavid Brady802-922-0096 
Life Safety TechnicianErin Paquin802-238-1882 
Life Safety TechnicianEd Waite802-233-5981 

Fire Extinguisher Safety

Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher from UVM Fire Marshall, John Marcus.