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18th June, 2018 - 00:48: One crew from Westlea and one from Swindon attend alarms sounding at a...Read more

17th June, 2018 - 17:05: Crews from Stratton St Margrett and Westlea attended a small kitchen f...Read more

17th June, 2018 - 1.37pm: Westbrook - Crews from Devizes and Melksham were mobilised to a road t...Read more

17th June, 2018 - 1.28pm: Woodlands - Crews from Wimborne and Cranborne used one hose reel jet t...Read more

17th June, 2018 - 12.41pm: Burbage - Following a two vehicle road traffic collision, one casualty...Read more

16th June, 2018 - 7:10pm: At 19:10 Fire control took a call to reports of alarms sounding in a d...Read more

16th June, 2018 - 16:22: 16:22 Crews from Salisbury, Fordingbridge, and a Aerial ladder and sup...Read more

16th June, 2018 - 14:15: 14:15 A crew from Wimborne was mobilised to help assist a male after b...Read more

16th June, 2018 - 13:59: 13:59 A crew from Redhill Park was mobilised to alarms sounding at a r...Read more

16th June, 2018 - 7:51: At 19:51 One fire engine from Springbourne fire station took a running...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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