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Scarborough Firefighters To Reduce False Alarm Call-Outs

Scarborough Firefighters To Reduce False Alarm Call-Outs

Published by Karen Liu at 12:55pm 22nd August 2019.

Residents and businesses in Scarborough are being urged to check their smoke and fire alarms regularly. 

That is from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who are trying to reduce the number of false alarms they go to. 

It says they are alerted to thousands of false alarms every year across the county, and responding to all of them is a "huge waste of resources". 

Scarborough Fire Station Manager, Graeme Casper, said:

"In North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's area, we're trying to reduce them by working with businesses.

We have a database and it collates all the information from our call-outs.

If we get over a certain number of unwanted fire signals at a business, then we will contact them; initially by letter, and just say to them 'you need to be looking at it' and give them advice on how to reduce that.

Wherever you've got smoke or fire alarms, you should check them.

But in businesses it could be that the maintenance hasn't been up-to-date; or it could be that there could be a smoke detector head, that detects smoke obviously, in an area that has changed."

Graeme has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

On North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue's website, it said:

"From April 2015 our response to automatic fire alarms changed in order to reduce the number of false alarms attended by the Service.

1) We will not attend automatic fire alarms between 08:00 and 18:00 at premises where people do not sleep, unless a fire has been confirmed. We will still attend automatic fire alarms outside of these hours.

2) We will send one fire engine to attend automatic fire alarms at premises where people sleep and some other higher risk premises (e.g. significant heritages site, schools and sites with high risk manufacturing processes or storage) at all times.

3) We may not attend specific premises where there are repeated false alarms from automatic fire alarms and where the causes of these are not being addressed. (This will be an option of last resort after dialogue with the responsible person.) Alternatively, and with the agreement of the owner or occupier, an attendance may still be made but a charge may be levied.

We will still attend automatic fire alarms at domestic premises and all incidents where a fire has been confirmed.

Further information is available in the Service's Frequently Asked Question document here: https://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/useruploads/files/business_safety/afa_faqs.pdf

There is also guidance on how to prevent false alarms here and here

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