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Change in fire & rescue service response

By July 28, 2014Blog

Cornwall Fire & Rescue Services logoThe latest fire safety legislation

Do you have an automatic fire detection system on your property? Then you need to read this update.

In a drive to reduce waste and increase efficiency, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service is changing its policy to how it responds to calls generated by automatic detection systems.

From August, when a call is received by Cornwall Fire Control and:

  • the cause of the alarm has not been investigated
  • there is no sign of a fire, smell of burning, smoke or flame etc

…. no fire appliances will be mobilised.

This is intended to reduce the number of false call-outs, which nationally cost services £1 billion a year and account for 98% of all calls to Cornwall Fire & Rescue Services.

Fire Control will instead give advice to the occupier or Alarm Receiving Centre that the alarm must be investigated locally and if a fire is subsequently discovered, a call via the 999 system must be made.

It is the duty of the Responsible person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to:

  • have a well maintained fire alarm system
  • to reduce the number of any false alarms generated.
  • ensure the premises have a suitable emergency plan with trained staff to put the plan in to effect. #

Find out more about new policy in the tool-kit for reducing false alarms, available for free to download on our website, or contact Cornwall Fire & Rescue Services.

For peace of mind, speak to Fire Crest Fire Protection who can provide specialist servicing of your fire alarm system to help improve its efficiency and reduce false alarms. We also provide fire service approved training for fire wardens and other ‘responsible persons’ in charge of fire safety.

Call 01209 831417 or 0800 092 4021 to speak to one of our engineers about your fire alarm system, or for details of the next fire safety training course.