Borough of Bradford Woods, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bradford Woods 6-12-2006 by Ord. No. 405[1]. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Company — See Ch. 27.
Police Department — See Ch. 54.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Ch. 84, Alarms, adopted 1-3-2006 by Ord. No. 403.

§ 84-1 Definitions; word usage.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ALARM
A communication to the Police or Fire Department which serves the Borough of Bradford Woods indicating that a crime or fire or other emergency situation warranting immediate response has occurred or is occurring.
ALARM DEVICE
A self-contained device present inside a building and which is designed to detect the presence of smoke, heat, carbon monoxide or motion and to then emit a sound audible within the building to warn persons therein of such presence.
ALARM SYSTEM
A system designed to automatically transmit an alarm, by wire, telephone, radio or other means, to the County of Allegheny's "911" Dispatch Center or to a person who is instructed to so notify the County of Allegheny's "911" Dispatch Center of the alarm or to activate a bell or other sounding device to be heard outside a building and which is intended to alert the police or others to the existence of a crime or fire or other emergency situation warranting official response.
FALSE ALARM
An alarm to which the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County responds and which results from the activation of an alarm system or alarm device when an actual crime, fire or other emergency warranting immediate action by such Police Department has not in fact occurred.
PERSON
An individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or other similar entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County.
YEAR
The calendar year.
B. 
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 84-2 False alarms; charges imposed.

A. 
False alarms.
(1) 
Any person causing or reporting accidental false alarms for any reason or the permit holder of an alarm system that transmits a false alarm for any reason shall pay to the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County a charge for each and every false alarm to which the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County responds, in each calendar year, as follows:
(a) 
False alarm:
[1] 
First false alarm, each calendar year: $50 or proof of yearly maintenance contract in effect for any alarm system involved in transmittal of the false alarm.
[2] 
Second false alarm, each calendar year: $50.
[3] 
Third false alarm, each calendar year: $75.
[4] 
Fourth false alarm, each calendar year: $100.
[5] 
Each false alarm in excess of four, each calendar year: the amount of the charge assessed for the immediately preceding false alarm during that calendar year, plus an additional $25.
(2) 
When a false alarm occurs, the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County shall, within 45 days from the date of the false alarm, notify the permit holder for the alarm system or owner of the alarm device from which the false alarm originated or other person causing said false alarm that a false alarm charge is due and the amount thereof. Such notice shall be in writing and mailed by regular mail, postage paid, to the last known address of the permit holder or other person causing said false alarm.
(3) 
A false alarm charge shall be due and payable to the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County and shall be payable at its headquarters location (230 Pearce Mill Road, Wexford, PA 15090) 30 days from the date of the mailing of the notice of assessment of the charge.
B. 
False fire alarms.
[Added 6-12-2006 by Ord. No. 406]
(1) 
Any person causing or reporting accidental false fire alarms for any reason or the permit holder of an alarm system that transmits a false fire alarm for any reason shall pay to the Bradford Woods Volunteer Fire Company which serves the Borough of Bradford Woods a charge for each and every false fire alarm to which such Fire Department responds, in each calendar years as follows:
(a) 
First false fire alarm from an alarm system each year: $100 or proof of yearly maintenance contract in effect.
(b) 
First false fire alarm from an alarm device, each year: $100 or proof acceptable to the Bradford Woods Volunteer Fire Company and submitted within 30 days from the date of the notification, described in Subsection A(2) of this section, of the repair or replacement of the alarm device from which the false alarm originated.
(c) 
All other false fire alarms each year: $300 per false fire alarm.
(2) 
When a false fire alarm occurs, the Fire Department which serves the Borough of Bradford Woods shall, within 45 days from the date of the false fire alarm, notify the permit holder for the alarm system or owner of the alarm device from which the false fire alarm originated or other person causing said false fire alarm that a false alarm charge is due and the amount thereof. Such notice shall be in writing and mailed by regular mail, postage paid, to the last known address of the permit holder or other person causing said false fire alarm.
(3) 
A false fire alarm charge shall be due and payable at the Bradford Woods Volunteer Fire Company office (4908 Wexford Run Road, P.O. Box 143, Bradford Woods, PA 15015) 30 days from the date of the mailing of the notice of assessment of the charge.
(4) 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Subsection B or who shall fail to pay a charge for a false fire alarm shall, upon conviction, before the District Magistrate there, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $600 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.

§ 84-3 Testing by permission only.

No person shall conduct or test any alarm device without first obtaining permission from the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County. Where the equipment is keyed through an intermediary, no such permission is necessary unless the alarm or signal is to be relayed to the central receiving station.

§ 84-4 Nonliability of municipality.

The issuance of a permit for an alarm system shall not constitute acceptance by the Borough of Bradford Woods of any liability to maintain any such equipment, to answer alarms, nor otherwise render the Borough of Bradford Woods liable to any person for any loss or damage relating to the alarm system or procedure.

§ 84-5 Administration and enforcement.

Administration and enforcement of this chapter shall be the function of the Borough of Bradford Woods and the Northern Regional Police Department of Allegheny County (to the extent specified herein).

§ 84-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter or who shall fail to pay a charge for a false alarm shall, upon conviction, before the District Justice there, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $500 per violation, which amount shall be in addition to any charges pursuant to § 84-2.