fire service on a mission to stamp out costly false alarm callouts - car alarm system
In the past fiscal year, the third fire accident was a false alarm, losing millions of dollars to businesses and fire departments.
According to the details published by the Official Information Act to the Herald, firefighters participated in 77,463 jobs from July 2016 to June 2017, of which 26,336 were unnecessary roll names, including an alarm from a child and toast with Coke.
In the last five fiscal years, the number of unwanted labels was the highest-an increase of more than 640 false alarms over 2015/2016 age points.
By contrast, incidents classified as "other" fires such as structural, vegetation and car fires accounted for 18,040, or less than a quarter, with firefighters taking part in the work during the past fiscal year.
Peter Gallagher, national fire risk management consultant in New Zealand, said false alarms were "frustrating" for firefighters ".
"These are the events we want to reduce . . . . . . Because of the cost of the enterprise and the cost of our response to the business, in addition, the additional risk it brings to the public is that when a fire occurs, the public will not recognize the real fire alarm.
"Before the city and rural fire departments joined forces to form Fire and Emergency New Zealand in July, more than three companies with false alarm calls were fined $1000 in 12 months, plus gst-this is a fee currently funded by the fire department.
Over the past year, fires and emergencies have not been able to quantify the losses caused to businesses by false alarms.
However, data previously released by the fire department showed that the company charged $23.
For the five-year period ended 2016, $9 million, including $4.
2015 8 million.
According to a report of 2006, it is estimated that the annual cost of providing false alarms to the fire department is $46. 2 million.
While loss penalty as a deterrent is a concern, Gallagher said, fire and emergency situations in New Zealand are focused on other ways to eliminate unwanted labeling.
This includes looking at the fire alarm standards generated by the rewrite, as well as other false alarm costs such as Educating corporate evacuation paying customers.
"The incentive should not be that fire and emergency situations in New Zealand will come up and charge you [fees]
If there is a false alarm]
. . . . . . It should be the incentive: I want to make more profit for my business and hurt my business every time the alarm rings, "Gallagher said.
New Zealand's Fire and Emergency departments are also working with the fire alarm industry to discuss the reliability of the fire alarm system, including factors such as lack of maintenance or the system is not suitable for its environment, leading to false positives, he said.
"Obviously, we want the public to have confidence in the alarm system.
We don't want them to be complacent because it's an unwanted alarm, so they don't need to evacuate the building.
In order to maintain the confidence of the public, we must have a reliable alarm system.
"However, while we have problems with reliability, this prevents building owners from actually investing in better alarm systems. . .
They don't spend more money on another system unless they are confident that it will only be activated if needed.
"Other common false positives in New Zealand based on fire and emergency situations are due to the lack of proper ventilation, failure, construction contractors and malicious activities. "[
New Zealanders are increasingly responsible for these things, but you might notice that there are now more covers on the manual [in some buildings]alarm]
"The call point on the wall is to eliminate people from turning on the switch to escape," Gallagher said . ".
False alarms are the most frequent in the north and Auckland regions, resulting in more than 9630 calls-fire work in the region --
In the 2016/2017 financial year.
Other activities attended by the fire department over the past year include rescue, medical incidents, car accidents and hazardous material incidents.