Learning From False Alarms

By Jim NagleToday's fire service is a busy one. As the number of calls climbs, staffing levels remain steady at best. There are more buildings to inspect and more training requirements. We are being asked to do more with less all the time. As a result, many fire suppression crews may find it difficult to maintain some basic skills and become familiar with the buildings in their response area.One reason we're busier today than ever is false automatic fire alarm activations. Each year in the city where I work, more and more buildings are built or retrofitted with automatic fire alarms (AFA). On almost every shift, my crew and I respond to false AFA activations. Many view false alarms as nui...

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