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Question 312 January 2005

Alarming new Fire Brigade guidance on responding to automatic alarms

We were recently informed by the Local Fire Brigade that when one of our alarms is activated, depending on the building risk and time of day, we may get zero response from them unless a confirmed fire is notified to them. Yet another Brigade Authority will send as a minimum response (one pump and crew) to an automated fire alarm. The circular can be viewed in text form here.

We are a national company and are finding that we may now experience different responses by the brigade to automated alarms from our buildings.

Assuming members are aware of this, what plans have they to deal with these variances in cover by the brigade?


The following 5 companies answered this question and 3 documents were supplied:

  • Dow Corning Ltd
  • Homeserve plc
  • Lloyds TSB Bank Plc Shared Services
  • Transport for London
  • Zurich - INS
  • "CFOA Model Agreement for RMFAS"
  • "Response to automated Fire Alarms"
  • "Somerset FandRS - Unwanted Fire Calls"

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