[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Clifton Park 11-13-1990 by L.L. No. 24-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 114.
This chapter is intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the Town of Clifton Park, New York, including the protection of the property of the town or of its inhabitants by proposing regulations on the installation and maintenance of fire alarms in the Town of Clifton Park.
For the purpose of this chapter, the words and phrases set forth in this section shall be defined as set forth in this section:
- EMERGENCY FIRE ALARM
- Any fire alarm system that is designed to transmit a signal
(recorded, coded or otherwise), which terminates at the Saratoga County
Dispatch Office or at a facility responsible for monitoring such alarm
system, or any fire alarm system designed to emit an audible signal
at the exterior of the premises of the alarm installation.[Amended 10-17-1994 by L.L. No. 9-1994]
- FALSE ALARM
- Any accidental, deliberate, reckless or negligent initiation or activation of an emergency fire alarm when any emergency situation does not exist.
Each and every emergency fire alarm system in the Town of Clifton Park shall be properly maintained in operating condition by the building owner or his agent.
[Amended 10-17-1994 by L.L. No. 9-1994]
The transmission of more than two false alarm signals within any twelve-month period shall make the owner subject to a fine of not less than $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $300 for the third and any subsequent offenses. Fines are to be levied against the owner of the property from which said alarm emitted, whether the alarm was caused by human error or malfunction of equipment, except such penalty shall not apply to false alarms intentionally initiated by one not under the control or supervision of the property owner or representative.
If the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention investigates and determines that an alarm was false in nature and no valid attempt has been made to correct the problem, this shall constitute a violation, and the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Fire Code Enforcement Officer, the Director and/or the Senior Building Inspector may issue appearance ticket(s) for the violator(s) to appear in Clifton Park Town Court to answer the charges.
Each and every fire alarm system which terminates in any manner at any volunteer fire company or the Saratoga County Fire Control Center or at a facility responsible for monitoring such alarm system must be electrically configured so as to also terminate at the home or place of business of the owner or a designated representative of the subject premises, and such owner or representative must immediately report to the scene of the alarm.
There shall be no testing of emergency fire alarms which would normally summon the appropriate fire company unless such test is first cleared, verified and authorized by all entities and/or agencies where such alarm terminates, including but not limited to the volunteer Fire Department servicing the property and the Saratoga County Fire Control Center.
The owner of each property which contains an emergency fire alarm as herein set forth must provide the local Fire Department and the Saratoga County Fire Control Center with a list of three people, their addresses and telephone numbers, who may be contacted in the event that an alarm is received, who will be able to grant access to the subject premises.
The Town of Clifton Park or the volunteer Fire Department serving the call shall not be liable for any defects in operation of emergency fire alarm systems nor for failure to respond appropriately nor for any erroneous response pursuant to the provisions of this chapter with respect to the installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, the transmission of alarm system or messages or the relaying of such systems or messages.
In the event that the Town of Clifton Park or the appropriate Fire Department finds it necessary to disconnect any signaling device, said Town of Clifton Park and/or said appropriate Fire Department shall incur no liability therefrom.
Editor's Note: Former § 57-9, Distribution of civil penalties, § 57-10, Enforcement, and § 57-11, Filing of complaint; action, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 10-17-1994 by L.L. No. 9-1994.