New policy for Fire Service response to remotely monitored fire alarms

December 2004
Management Services;Dec2004, Vol. 48 Issue 12, p5
Academic Journal
This paper reports on a new policy being introduced in Great Britain aimed at reducing false alarms from remotely monitored fire alarm systems. From April 1, 2005, end-users with poorly performing systems will be required to apply for a Unique Reference Number (URN) from their Fire Service to continue to receive an immediate response to their fire alarm. This will become mandatory for all non-domestic systems from April 1, 2007. In 2002, over 279,000 false alarms were received by Fire and Rescue Services in Britain, representing over 25 percent of all calls. The policy was written by the Chief Fire Officers Association in consultation with the British Security Industry Association and the British Fire Protection Systems Association. Under the new policy, which affects remotely monitored fire alarm systems, known poor performers must obtain a URN by April 1, 2007. From that date, the remainder of fire alarm systems will be formally reviewed and a decision taken as to the allocation of URN to these systems. The policy also contains recommendations for the maintenance of systems ensuring that all systems with URN should be maintained by a third party certificated company and that by March 31, 2008, all new systems should be designed, installed and commissioned to British Standard 5839-1:2002.


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