12/28/07 58 W - + 12 - 13 Fire Alarm > Working Fire

As observed this morning, a city fire alarm response upgraded to a working fire results in quite few tones. Second engine, third engine, rescue, bat chief, safety engine, div chief, air truck, and investigator. You might think it's a full haz-mat response, which we also observed this morning. Lots of tones today before lunch!

There is a definite risk in tapering the response assignment to the fire alarms, however calculated it may be. Statistically, most are false overall. I have found that in rural or residential areas, when responding to “residential fire alarm” activations, the origination of the alarm is more often an actual smoke condition and malfunctions are less frequent (unless there is an electrical storm). Commercial is the opposite. Keep your guard up when itís a residential fire alarm. Interesting discussion…(??)
A.Rich - 12/29/07 - 09:30

During 20 years of active fire service, I only went to one commercial alarm that turned out to be a real fire call. That was at the old Austin Foods in Cary, in the days of Yrac.

On the OTHER hand, I would agree with A. Rich, my experience with residential alarms is that there is usually something going on- usually something in the kitchen.
DJ (Email) - 12/29/07 - 13:47

Absolutley, especially here in K-town. Almost every residential FA we get is cooking related, and we usually spend a little time there. Most of our commercial FA’s are false, with duct detectors as the most likely culprit. Commercial alarms with something to them are usually related to a HVAC issue (burnt up belt, ect.)

Hope everyone had a great Christmas
J.Boggs - 12/29/07 - 14:49

Complacency is our biggest enemy on the “bells” calls, “just another fire alarm”. Get off the rig every time, with SCOTT’s and tools like it’s “ game-time”.
Silver - 12/30/07 - 12:56

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