[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Franklin 3-21-2001 by Bylaw Amendment 01-460. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This bylaw amendment also repealed former Ch. 84, Fire Alarm Boxes, adopted 4-12-1989 by Bylaw Amendment 89-156.
Connection with the Town of Franklin can be accomplished by contacting the Fire Department.
The Fire Department shall be responsible for:
Developing and maintaining specifications for the wireless fire alarm monitoring network.
The initial inspection, testing, programming and approval of installation of the transmitting device at the protected property.
Maintaining twenty-four-hour alarm reception capabilities consistent with national standards, statutes and regulations.
Assistance in restoring service following an alarm activation.
All protected properties, whether monitored by the Town's wireless network or by a UL central station system shall:
Notify the Franklin Fire Department directly prior to any testing of the fire protection systems, performing work on said systems, or placing the fire protection systems out of service.
Contact the Franklin Fire Department immediately when the testing, repair or maintenance of the fire protection systems listed above has been completed.
Upon demand of an official of the Franklin Fire Department, or State Fire Marshal's Office, service personnel must produce appropriate licenses, certifications, etc. relative to UL certification, state-required fire alarm license and certificate of competency, etc.
Provide the Franklin Fire Department initially and annually thereafter, with a certified copy of an approved (NFPA and Commonwealth of Massachusetts) protective signaling system testing/maintenance contract that outlines the name, address and telephone number of the service provider.
It shall be the responsibility of the protected property to provide their service provider with a copy of this bylaw so their vendor is aware of the duties and regulations incumbent upon it in order to provide service to occupancies in the Town of Franklin.
The Town of Franklin, through the Franklin Fire Department, will exercise supervision over central station services, by random checks of building fire protection systems, interfaces and alarm signal time trials. These measures are in addition to required testing and maintenance of fire-protection systems required by the State Building Code (780 CMR) and the State Fire Prevention Regulations (527 CMR 24).
Service providers or protected properties failing to fulfill obligations or duties required this bylaw shall be subject to the following:
Imposition of the false alarm fee as provided for in the Code of the Town of Franklin.
Notification to the State Fire Marshal's Office of failure of the central station service to abide by appropriate Code of Massachusetts Regulations or state licensure requirements.
Notification to Underwriters Laboratory of complaints against the approved central station service.
Any other actions or remedies allowable by statute, regulation or standards.
The Town shall assume no liability for service interruptions or inconvenience due to damage caused by others or natural acts. Further the Town shall assume no liability with respect to accidents, bodily injury, breech of contract or any other damages or loss with respect to any work, failure to perform work or oversight as a result of compliance with any requirement in this chapter.
Fees levied by UL approved central station service providers to occupancies other than properties owned by the Town of Franklin are not collectable or assignable to the Town of Franklin.