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23rd August, 2019 - 18:10: 18:10 A crew from Gillingham was mobilised to alarms sounding at a Dom...Read more

23rd August, 2019 - 17:48: 17:48 Crews from Poole and Redhill Park were mobilised to a Fire at a ...Read more

23rd August, 2019 - 2:47pm: Crews from Sturminster-Newton and Sherborne Fire Station have attended...Read more

23rd August, 2019 - 2:35pm: Two crews from Swindon and Westlea Fire Station have attended to a fir...Read more

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22nd August, 2019 - 08:42: 08:42 A crew from Swindon was mobilised to alarms sounding at a Commer...Read more

22nd August, 2019 - 08:37: 08:37 A crew from Christchurch was mobilised to alarms sounding at a D...Read more

22nd August, 2019 - 08:22: 08:22 Crews from Westbourne, Springbourne and Redhill Park were mobili...Read more

21st August, 2019 - 11:55pm: At 23:55 fire control took a 999 call to reports of a lamp post that w...Read more

Automatic fire alarms

Responding to automatic fire alarm (AFA) activations that subsequently turn out to be unwanted fire signals has been identified as a major draw on our resources, resulting in an inappropriate use of emergency crews and equipment.

Such activations cause resources to be diverted away from other, more important, activities, making them potentially unavailable to respond to genuine emergency calls.

Unwanted fire signals have a major impact on the Service and cause concern, as they:

A properly designed and maintained automatic fire detection system provides early warning of fire. However, a badly designed or poorly maintained system can become a potential hazard due to inappropriate or unwanted activations.

Management procedures should be set in place as part of an emergency plan. Suitably trained personnel should investigate the cause of the alarm activation before calling the fire and rescue service (with the notable exception of residential care providers who should not allow these procedures to cause undue delay in calling 999).

 

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