AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM RESPONSE: "THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF" SYNDROME?

04/01/1996
AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM RESPONSE: "THE BOY WHO CRIED `WOLF`" SYNDROME?By Alexander D. LobetoWe all have heard the story of the boy who cried "wolf," in which a sheepherder continually calls for help for a nonexistent wolf attack on his flock. After repeated false alarms, the villagers no longer responded to his cry--even when a real attack finally occurred. Disaster eventually happens after complacency sets in. Have we in the fire service fallen for the same scenario with regard to automatic fire alarm responses?Do we casually answer these electronic calls for help after growing used to the many times we have responded and there was no emergency? Even though the majority of automatic fire al...

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