Implementing a Fire Department False Alarm Fee
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM
I am happy to report that today the Public Safety Committee moved forward on my initiative to implement a fee for Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) false alarms and unanimously approved an implementation plan.
False fire alarms in the Fire Department put a significant strain on response times and capabilities. LAFD records indicate that many locations have multiple unwanted alarms during a calendar year. Last year alone there were 15,000 false alarms in the City of Los Angeles. Responding to these unwanted alarms, especially at locations where they frequently occur, reduces resource availability for real emergencies.
The LAFD has developed an Unwanted Alarm Management Plan with an implementation schedule that will have a fee in place for recurring unwanted alarms by early next year. With this program in place, the City will see an immediate decrease in unnecessary responses and an increase in resource availability as a result.
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-Mitchell Englander, Chair Public Safety Committee
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