Fines could be imposed for excessive false fire alarms in Great Falls


Great Falls city commissioners have approved two new orders that they hope will help Great Falls firefighters.

The first order allows fines to be imposed on companies that have triggered three false fire alarms over a period of 365 days.

Fines start at $ 100 and for continued negligence can go up to $ 500 or jail time.

“The reasoning behind this ordinance is safety, every time an alarm goes off you get a fire battalion and three fire engines, and that puts our guys and the public at risk because they don’t always know how. interact with Vehicles emergencies. ” said Fire Marshal Mike McIntosh.

Here is the full text of a GFFR press release:

The Great Falls City Commission has passed Order 3233 submitted by Great Falls Fire Rescue. Ordinance 3233 will come into force from January 2022. Ordinance 3233 covers fire alarm systems and alarm systems.

Order 3233 lists requirements for audible alarms, requiring each person who maintains an audible alarm to notify the Great Falls Police Department and / or Fire Department with the names and phone numbers of those to be notified. to perform service repairs and secure premises, during and at the time of day or night when the alarm is triggered. Whenever a change is made to the required written information, the applicant must notify the Great Falls Police Department and / or the Great Falls Fire Department in writing.

Ordinance 3233 also requires that all persons engaged in alarm activities to repair, maintain, modify, replace, remove, design, sell, lease, maintain or install alarm systems to obtain an agent license. alarm with Planning and Community Development.

Ordinance 3233 establishes a charge for repeated false activations of alarm systems. A first or second false alarm within a 365 day period will result in the delivery of a written notice to the owner, licensee and / or other person responsible for the premises. A third or subsequent alarm within a 365 day period will result in an assessed administrative charge of $ 100.00 to the owner, licensee and / or other person responsible for the premises.

The second ordinance that has been approved is an improvement in safety inspections and reports submitted. The ordinance requires external inspectors to obtain a safety inspection certificate specifically for the Great Falls area. It will also require reports to be submitted through a third-party server so that all security services are informed.