Township of Franklin, NJ
Somerset County
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As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
FALSE FIRE ALARM
Any alarm for which there is no evidence of smoke or fire or for which there is evidence of any equipment failure or evidence of inadvertence on the part of any property owner, agents, servants and employees and which registers in or is called into the Police Department with a fire company responding to the location of the alarm.
In the case of a false fire alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department. In addition, in the case of false fire alarms, the Fire Official shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of such alarms on file. The Fire Official shall be empowered to issue a Municipal Court summons in accordance with § 132-27.
A. 
For the second false fire alarm in any given calendar year, a first warning may be issued; for the third false fire alarm in the same calendar year, a second warning may be issued; for the fourth false fire alarm in the same calendar year, the first summons may be issued; for the fifth fire alarm in the same calendar year, a second summons may be issued; for each false fire alarm in excess of five in the same calendar year, additional summonses may be issued for each such additional false fire alarm.
B. 
For the first summons issued in a calendar year, a fine of $100 shall be paid to the Township; for a second summons issued in the same calendar year, a fine of $200 shall be paid to the Township for each summons in excess of two in a calendar year, a fine of $500 shall be paid to the Township.
C. 
The Fire Official shall be empowered to deviate from the penalty sequence provided by this section where it is his determination that extenuating circumstances so warrant.