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California State University Long Beach

Building Marshal Program

The University Building Marshal program is a critical component of the University Emergency Preparedness, Operations, and Recovery Plan. Building Marshals are campus employees who volunteer to perform activities for the purpose of minimizing injury to campus faculty, staff and students in the event of an emergency. The following information provides a brief overview of the Building Marshal Program.

Selection and Training

Building Marshals must be willing to assume the required duties and be willing to participate in training to acquire the necessary skills and to keep these skills current.

Marshals receive training in disaster preparedness, evacuation safety, evacuation procedures, fire extinguisher use, and emergency management procedures.


  • Following a major earthquake or other disaster that damages campus buildings the Building Marshals will assist in the orderly evacuation of campus buildings to areas of safety.
  • When prompted by an alarm or at the request of the University Police, the Building Marshals will assist in the orderly evacuation of the building population from the structure.
  • When the building is evacuated, Building Marshals secure building entrances, direct personnel 100 feet from the building, and deny re-entry until informed by emergency personnel that it is safe to do so.
  • Building Marshals report injuries and probable locations of trapped individuals to emergency personnel.
  • If necessary, Building Marshals assist in the movement of persons to indicated campus evacuation staging area(s) or shelter(s).

Supplies and Equipment

The University provides Building Marshals with the following equipment:

  • Hardhat
  • Flashlight
  • Supply Bag
  • Goggles
  • Whistle
  • Gloves
  • Safety Vest
  • Barrier Tape
  • Chem lights

For more information on campus emergency preparedness and operations, please refer to the CSU, Long Beach Guide to Individual and Campus Emergency Preparedness and the CSU, Long Beach Emergency Information website.