[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill 2-18-2016 by Ord. No. 04-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 132, Art. I, False Fire Alarms, adopted 8-18-1988 by Ord. No. 407-88, as amended.
The Fire Chief shall maintain a written log of all fire alarms received and equipment and/or personnel dispatched in response to a fire alarm, noting the date and time of each said alarm. In the case of a false burglar alarm, the investigating officer shall complete a report noting all circumstances.
During each consecutive twelve-month period, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation that maintains a fire or burglar alarm system in the Township of Mine Hill to transmit more than one false alarm in connection with the maintenance and operation of said alarm system. All such persons, firms or corporations shall diligently maintain their fire or burglar system alarm so as to avoid the transmission of such false alarms.
The following penalties shall be imposed for the transmission of false automatic fire or burglar alarms in excess of one false alarm:
There shall be a fine of $50 for the second false alarm during any consecutive twelve-month period.
For all false alarms in excess of two but not in excess of four within a consecutive twelve-month period, there shall be a fine of $100 for each false alarm in excess of two during any such consecutive twelve-month period.
For all false alarms in excess of four but not in excess of eight within a consecutive twelve-month period, there shall be a fine of $500 for each false alarm in excess of four during any such consecutive twelve-month period.
For all false alarms in excess of eight false alarms within a consecutive twelve-month period, there shall be a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 90 days and/or 90 days' community service, all in the discretion of the court, for each false alarm in excess of eight during any such consecutive twelve-month period.
Testing of alarms required by the Uniform Fire Code without prior notice to the Police Department and the Fire Department shall be considered false alarms.