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24th June, 2019 - 09:52pm: Crews from Salisbury and Wilton were mobilised to multiple reports of ...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 07:49pm: A crew from Sherborne attended a report of a car on fire in Ridgeway. ...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 07:39pm: A crew from Salisbury extinguished a small fire in St Martin's Church ...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 07:33pm: At 07:33pm Fire Control received a phone call from one of our officers...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 07:24pm: A crew from Springbourne was mobilised to a report of alarms sounding ...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 07:16pm: A crew from Marlborough attended a report of alarms sounding at a prop...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 06:57pm: A crew from Melksham attended a report of an out of control bonfire in...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 2.10pm: One pump from Westlea, a pump and aerial appliance from Swindon, a pum...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 9.42am: At 09:42 DWFRS received a call reporting a shed on fire in the garden ...Read more

24th June, 2019 - 9.42am: At 09:42 DWFRS received a call reporting a shed on fire in the garden ...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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