Firefighters seek ways to reduce false alarm calls
A slice of burnt toast could cost businesses a $750 fine as part of plan to recoup costs of firefighters responding to false alarms
EAST PERTH, Australia — A slice of burnt toast could cost WA businesses a $750 fine as part of plan to recoup costs of firefighters responding to false alarms.
An internal Department of Fire and Emergency Services memo, obtained by Fairfax Media, has revealed that from July the state's fire fighting service will charge premises that repeatedly trigger false call-outs, including those sparked by steamy showers, cigarette smoke and errors by maintenance workers.
The move is a direct bid to reduce the number of firefighters called to fake alarms and ensure they are free to respond to genuine emergencies. It is understood DFES will allow for three false alarm attendances in a financial year before issuing the $750 fines.