False Fire Alarms

Julius E. Halas offers solutions to a problem that continues to plague the public and the fire service.


The advent and implementation of early-warning smoke detection and fire alarm technology has provided the public with life-safety protection not available from the traditional fire service. However, this technology, yet to be perfected, has also caused problems for the public it was created to...


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We must all strive to reduce false alarms and restore the credibility in these life-safety systems. In Sarasota, we are working toward expanding our alarm ordinance throughout the county in an effort to further mitigate false fire alarms.

Can false alarms really be stamped out? I believe success is attainable but not without tenacity, empowering leadership and incredible patience.

Remember, the key element to mitigate false alarms in our own jurisdictions, or any community, will not be from acquiring the information in this article alone. Rather, the answer will be realized in a community's ability to effectively implement a comprehensive approach to solving the false alarm problem.


Julius E. Halas is deputy chief of the Sarasota County, FL, Fire Department.