The University of Iowa

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Coordinator

Portrait of Fire Safety Coordinator Bruce McAvoy



Fire Safety Coordinator Bruce McAvoy has the overall responsibility to ensure all buildings on the UI campuses meet the state’s adopted fire code.This is conducted through the coordination of fire inspections with state and local fire officials.  The Fire Safety Coordinator also assists departments across the university with formulating building specific fire prevention and response plans.



Bruce McAvoy, Fire Safety Coordinator

Desk: 319-335-5389


Frequently Asked Questions

​AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) are portable electronic devices that can diagnose certain types cardiac events and treat them via defibrillation. They are designed for lay-people and prompt correct use through voice commands and easy-to-follow instructions.


Any university department, building or employee wishing to purchase an AED should contact the UI Fire Safety Coordinator at 319-335-5389.



The State Fire Code prohibits the use of extension cords as "permanent wiring". Portable power strips that are UL listed (fused & grounded) may be used in applications approved by the device'’s manufacturer. Surge protecting power strips are to be used only on sensitive electronic equipment such as personal computers and their accessories.  Surge protectors and power strips must be plugged directly into a wall outlet.

Evaluation and Purchasing

Faculty and staff should not be directly purchasing fire extinguishers for their individual classroom, laboratory, or grant needs.  The proper type of fire extinguisher depends on the hazards associated with the location or process.  Please contact the UI Fire Safety Coordinator at 319-335-5389 so a proper evaluation can be conducted and to ensure the fire extinguisher is properly added into the inspection database of Building and Landscape Services.


"Hands-on" fire extinguisher training is available for any faculty, staff, or student group and can be arranged by contacting the UI Fire Safety Coordinator at 335-5389.


PDF iconEmployees Guide to Using Fire Extinguishers

Approval Process

Outdoor fireworks or pyrotechnics displays on campus are required to be permitted through the Iowa City Fire Department, but approved by UI DPS and Risk Management. 

Any university group wishing to incorporate fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effect into an event must submit the proposal to the fire safety coordinator no later than two weeks prior to the event. 

Please be prepared to provide:

  • Operator/pyro-technician's licensing information and experience
  • Devices being displayed/shot, including device specifications and safety data sheets
  • Distances from the audience, including maps and measurements
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance for coverage in accordance with UI Risk Management requirements

Submit a request

Pyrotechnics Use Permit       Flame Effects Use Permit

There are many rules and regulations pertaining to both indoor and outdoor grilling.  

Follow the link below for the university's complete policy on outdoor gas and charcoal grilling on campus. 

Grilling Policy


Game Day 

Grilling is prohibited in parking ramps for football tailgating. Open wood fires or wood fires enclosed in portable fire pits are not permitted in any locations.

For more information about tailgating policies and FAQs, visit the link below. 

Tailgating Policies

Fire Log

This fire log is is compiled in accordance with the Campus Security Act which requires the university to report fires that occur in residence halls or housing units owned or controlled by the University of Iowa. It does not include other fires that occur on campus.

Fire Log