[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Bath 3-20-2017 by L.L. No. 5-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 9
It is the purpose of this chapter to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public in the Village of Bath by reducing the number of avoidable alarms to emergency agencies. Avoidable alarms contribute to ineffective utilization of public safety manpower and equipment. In addition, avoidable alarms require emergency responses which may contribute to accidents .and delay responses to genuine emergencies. This chapter seeks to ensure that emergency communications facilities will be available to dispatch personnel for actual emergencies.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner, user, custodian or lessee of an alarm system, or his employee or agent, or through any other cause that indicates an emergency situation exists requiring an emergency response when, in fact, an emergency situation does not exist, and the transmittal of that alarm occurs through telephone, municipal alarm system, private alarm system, home dialer, or other means to the Police or Fire Department, either directly or through other public or private dispatch systems. Avoidable alarms shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- (1) Water flow alarms caused by normal changes in pressure of broken sprinkler heads or broken pipes.
- (2) Alarms caused by malfunctioning alarm equipment; included are smoke detectors that are oversensitive, faulty wire. connections and loose fire alarm devices.
- (3) Alarms caused by power interruptions.
- (4) Alarms set off by nonemergency activation of the alarm system.
- (5) Alarms caused by testing or maintenance without prior proper notification of the Fire and Police Departments.
- FIRE AND POLICE ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical or electrical device which is designed or used for the detection of fire or other emergency situations which transmits a signal or message when activated. Fire and police alarm systems include, but are not limited to, direct dial telephone devices; alarm systems connected to the municipal alarm systems and proprietary alarm systems.
- EXCESSIVE AVOIDABLE ALARM
- Excessive avoidable alarm is deemed to be three avoidable alarms in any calendar year where the fire or police alarm system is activated.
Property owners shall be required to register all fire and police alarm systems with the Village of Bath and keep contact information required as part of the registration process current. Any changes to contact information shall be reported to the Fire and Police Departments within five business days. Registrations shall not be transferable from one premises to another or from one owner to another.
All alarm systems shall be installed, maintained, modified, and/or tested in accordance with the New York State Fire Prevention arid Building Code and national police/security system industry standards so as to minimize the possibility of false alarms.
Persons working on and around fire and police alarm systems are expected to take reasonable care during operations to prevent unwarranted fire and police alarms from being transmitted, thus causing an unnecessary emergency response.
Persons controlling a fire or police alarm system shall notify the Fire and/or Police Department subject to receiving direct communication of an alarm prior to any service test, repair, maintenance, adjustment, alteration or installation which might activate an avoidable alarm.
No person shall permit conditions which cause, or otherwise result in, an excessive avoidable alarm in any fire or police alarm system in any building or structure within the Village of Bath.
The property owner shall be charged the following fees for excessive avoidable alarms and/or failing to notify the proper authorities prior to working on alarm systems or registering their alarm system:
Fourth avoidable alarm, per system per location, in any single calendar year: $100.
Fifth avoidable alarm, per system per location, in any calendar year: $150.
Each avoidable alarm thereafter, per system per location, in any single calendar year: $200.
Failure to notify the proper authorities prior to commencing work, or testing, on the fire alarm system: $100 for each occurrence.
Failure to register alarm system or provide current contact information: $50 for each occurrence.
New systems shall be exempt from the avoidable alarm fees for 30 days from the date of installation.
Any person charged a fee in accordance with this chapter may appeal such fee, in writing, to the Village of Bath Mayor, within five business days. The Mayor, or his/her designee, shall hold a hearing within 30 days and shall render a written decision within 10 days of such hearing.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this law.
This chapter shall take effect upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State.