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    • #9349
      Denise RoseDenise Rose
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      • City: London
      • Department Name: London Fire Department

      Hello,

      I’m looking for information on municipalities who have a  false alarm by-law?

      What type of alarms does your by-law apply to?

      What is the fine? is there an education component to it?

      How successful has your by-law been in reducing false alarms?

      Has your department reduced their Emergency response to alarms?

      What challenges have you encountered during the process?

      And anything else that you may find helpful.

      Thanks

      Gwen

       

       

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      Joseph GardinerJoseph Gardiner
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      • City: North Bay
      • Department Name: North Bay Fire & Emergency Services

      Hello Gwen,

      I’m looking for information on municipalities who have a  false alarm by-law?https://www.cityofnorthbay.ca/media/13203/2016_002.pdf

      What type of alarms does your by-law apply to? see hyperlink

      What is the fine? see hyperlink – is there an education component to it? no

      How successful has your by-law been in reducing false alarms? not sure, we don’t track this information.

      Has your department reduced their Emergency response to alarms? not sure, we don’t track this information.

      What challenges have you encountered during the process? unknown.

      And anything else that you may find helpful.

      That’s all I have, 🙂

      Joe Gardiner

       

    • #9413
      John WilsonJohn Wilson
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      • Department Name: Perth Fire Services

      Within our E&R bylaw there are provisions for charging for the third response to the same property for false alarms within a 12 month period. It’s in the $1300 range.  As for it’s effectiveness, I don’t know. We’ve only charged a couple of times since I’ve been here.

      Personally, I’d be happy to see it changed to include that if the false alarm is due to maintenance staff performing required testing, there is no grace and immediately charged (either to the company but more likely the property owner) as they all know that they need to call the monitoring company and/or FD.  With my years listening to the scanner/radio in Ottawa before moving to Perth, I think this would be a HUGE asset to reducing false alarm calls… the companies don’t take it seriously enough as to how it wastes resources.

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