• Activate the nearest fire alarm to warn other occupants of the building to evacuate.
  • Call the Menomonie Fire Department immediately at (9-911).
  • CAUTION - The building fire alarm will sound in the building but it does not automatically notify emergency personnel. Someone must report the alarm via telephone (9-911). Do not assume someone else is making this call!
  • When the building fire alarm is sounded, an emergency exists. All rooms must be evacuated. Leave the lights on. Close, but do not lock the doors.
  • Assist the disabled to the nearest stairwell in the building. Have them wait on the landing. Stairwells are checked first by the fire department and are constructed to provide a higher degree of protection.
  • Immediately notify the police or fire department if a disabled individual is waiting on a stairwell landing.

Please visit these sites for additional information:

UW-Stout Disaster Recovery Plan site:

Housing and Residence Life Security and Safety site:

Penalties for interfering With Fire Fighters
As outlined in Wisconsin Statute 941.12 and 941.13, interfering with fire fighting is punishable by a fine and/or prison sentence. Included in this category of violation are:

  • Interfering with the proper functioning of a fire alarm system,
  •  Interfering with the efforts of fire fighters to extinguish a fire, and
  •  Tampering with, or removing fire-fighting equipment including fire extinguishers and fire hoses.


As outlined in Wisconsin Statute 943.02, intentionally setting a fire that damages property is a felony that could result in a prison sentence.