False Alarm Rate Decreases In New York City

Issue 8 and Volume 132.

False Alarm Rate Decreases In New York City The number of false alarms turned in in New York City has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the first six months of this year as compared to the first half of last year. Mayor Edward I. Koch and Fire Commissioner Augustus A. Beekman have attributed the decrease “largely to the success of the modified response plan, which has been gradually expanded since it began last December 4.” Under the plan, now in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, fire apparatus is no longer dispatched to answer a call from a voiceoperated (ERS) fire alarm box unless a voice is heard requesting help. “We have saved at least 60,000 (responses) to ERS boxes,” the Mayor said, “and during that time, we know of only four actual fires where an ERS box button was pushed but no voice was heard.” Commissioner…

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