Town of Arbor Vitae, WI
Vilas County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Arbor Vitae Ord. No. 01-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 38.
The purpose of this chapter is to place responsibility on the alarm user to prevent, by use of appropriate mechanical, electrical, or other means, false fire alarms.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply throughout the geographical area serviced by the Arbor Vitae Fire/Rescue Department.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM USER
The person or other entity that owns, possesses controls, occupies, or manages any premises as defined below.
FALSE FIRE ALARM
A signal from a fire alarm system that elicits a response by the Fire Department when no actual or threatened fire-related emergency exists. This definition includes signals activated by negligence, accident, mechanical failure, and electrical failure; signals activated intentionally in nonemergency situations; and signals for which the actual cause of activation is unknown. It is a rebuttable presumption that a fire alarm is false if personnel responding from the Fire Department do not discover any evidence of fire or other emergency after following normal Fire Department operating procedures in investigating the incident. An alarm is not false if the alarm user proves that:
A. 
An individual activated the alarm based upon a reasonable belief that a fire-related emergency existed;
B. 
The alarm system was activated by lightning or an electrical surge that caused physical damage to the system, as evidenced by the testimony of a licensed alarm system contractor who conducted an on-site inspection and personally observed the damage to the system;
C. 
The alarm was activated by vandals.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of fire-related emergencies requiring urgent attention and to which the Fire Department personnel may reasonably be expected to respond.
PREMISES
The building or structure or portion of a building or structure upon which is installed or maintained a fire alarm system.
A fire alarm user shall conspicuously post at the main entrance to the alarm user's premises a notice stating.
A. 
The name of an individual or alarm company able and authorized to enter the premises and deactivate the alarm;
B. 
Emergency telephone numbers by which those individuals can be reached at all times; and
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
C. 
The name and address of the alarm user. The information must be kept current and failure to update this information within 48 hours of any change constitutes a violation of this chapter.
No fire alarm user shall cause, allow, or permit its fire alarm system to give three or more false alarms in any calendar year.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
After the second and each subsequent false fire alarm in one calendar year, the alarm user must, within 30 days, file a written certificate with the Fire Department from a licensed fire alarm contractor stating that the fire alarm system has been inspected since the last false alarm and is functioning properly.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
After two false fire alarms in one calendar year, violations shall be punished as follows:
A. 
For a first violation of the chapter, by a fine of $250.
B. 
For a second and each additional violation of the chapter, by a fine of $500.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Town of Arbor Vitae and the Arbor Vitae Fire/Rescue Department.