What do these false alarms mean?
120,378 dispatched calls in 2018 (Baltimore County FD)
6.83% of which were false alarms
Each dispatch costs, on average, $1,580, meaning…
$12,987,600* was spent on false alarms in 2018
Statistics provided by Derrick Ready, Deputy Chief Fire Marshal at BCFD
There’s an area for oppurtunity–
The faults in the way the alarm functions causes two major problems that need to be solved:
1. False alarms–these alarms are often disarmed franticly by the user; if done incorrectly (removing batteries, unplugging wiring), it could ultimately lead to the system not functioning when it needs to most, leading to a dangerous and potetially life-threatening situation.
2. Loss of time, resources, and revenue for local fire depts.