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Within our E&R bylaw there are provisions for charging for the third response to the same property for false alarms within a 12 month period. It’s in the $1300 range. As for it’s effectiveness, I don’t know. We’ve only charged a couple of times since I’ve been here.
Personally, I’d be happy to see it changed to include that if the false alarm is due to maintenance staff performing required testing, there is no grace and immediately charged (either to the company but more likely the property owner) as they all know that they need to call the monitoring company and/or FD. With my years listening to the scanner/radio in Ottawa before moving to Perth, I think this would be a HUGE asset to reducing false alarm calls… the companies don’t take it seriously enough as to how it wastes resources.