Building Marshal Contact List (PDF, 119 KB) - Updated 11/22/2022

Authority and Oversight

The Building Marshal Program has been developed in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3220 Emergency Action Plan (Inclusive) which covers those designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure safety from fire and other emergencies, and California State University Emergency Management Program - Executive Order 1056. The University Police Department administers the campus Building Marshal Program. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Maggie Tougas at 805-437-3765.

Scope of the Building Marshal Program

The Building Marshal Program is an essential element of the campus Emergency Management Plan. Building Marshals are responsible for assisting in the safe and orderly evacuation of campus facilities and buildings in the event of a disaster, preventing re-entry, and reporting injuries and probable locations of trapped individuals to campus authorities. The information provided to these individuals will aid in establishing search and rescue priorities. The responsibilities of the campus Building Marshal Program are four fold:

  • First, when prompted by a drill or real emergency situation, assist in the orderly evacuation of the building population from the structure.
  • Second, secure building entrances, direct personnel 100 feet from the building, and deny re-entry until informed by authority that it is safe to do so.
  • Third, report building and personnel status to University Police at established locations (i.e., fully evacuated, location of trapped or injured individuals, etc.).
  • Fourth, if necessary, assist in the movement of persons to indicated campus evacuation staging area(s). Provide assistance to persons with disabilities as required.

The Building Marshal is the lead evacuation official for a campus building. They serve as a liaison between University Police and the building’s occupants. Building Marshals also:

  • Provide periodic information to occupants regarding changes in procedures or practice.
  • Request supplies or information.
  • Recruit individuals to assist them in duties.
  • Receive evacuation reports from occupants during an emergency or evacuation drill.
  • Coordinate emergency operations with the University Police Incident Commander.
  • Selection and Training

The effectiveness of the campus Building Marshal Program is determined by the willingness of the Marshals to assume responsibility and the training provided to them. There shall be a minimum of one Marshal per building, but the number of Marshals is dependent on the size and function of each respective building. Marshals must be willing to assume responsibility for the building evacuation during actual emergency events as well as evacuation drills. Those individuals who volunteer have both the willingness and interest to serve effectively in that capacity.


Each Building Marshal must receive initial training and participate in periodic meetings. The required training elements are:

  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Personal Preparedness for Emergency Situations
  • Emergency Management Plan orientation
  • Incident Command System orientation
  • Disaster Service Worker orientation
  • Fire Extinguisher orientation


  • Hard-hat with decal
  • Goggles with hat clips or safety glasses
  • Emergency Reflective Vest
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • N95 Mask

Building Marshals are provided basic equipment by the university, but should supplement this equipment with additional supplies. A list of recommended items are listed below.

  • First Aid Kit for personal use
  • Personal emergency preparedness kit
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sweat shirt or thermal undershirt
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