Reducing the costs of false alarms

9th April 2015


The annual cost of attending them is estimated to be up to £1bn. The pressure to significantly reduce the number of false alarms – and the government’s spending on them – is high.

On top of these significant costs there are less obvious risks, such as the safety implications of driving with blue lights. If a fire crew is attending a false alarm, they cannot attend genuine emergencies. In response, some fire and rescue services are reducing the number of engines sent and others have stopped mobilising in response to automatic fire alarms altogether.

Richard Paine discusses