Reprinted with Permission
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ann Arbor has taken steps to help the police and fire departments reduce false alarm responses.
The Ann Arbor City Council on Monday approved a fee that will charge property owners $250 each time the fire department has to come to their address for a false alarm, including the first time.
Currently, there is no fee for responding to the first false fire alarm, but the fire Department charges $120 for the second call and $360 for third call.
Assistant Fire Chief Ed Dziubinski told the council Monday that the department responds to hundreds of false alarm calls a year, usually due to a system malfunction, a short circuit in the alarm, poor maintenance and outdated battery backups.
He said the department must recoup some of the cost when responding to a false alarm because the engine and the entire crew sits idle outside of home and wait until the case is cleared up.
Also, the council approved a new ordinance clarifying the relationship between alarm companies, alarm users and police and fire departments.
The change established a $37 annual fee that property owners must pay to the police and fire departments to register alarm systems.
False Fire Alarm Calls to Cost Residents