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False Alarm Program

Why the False Alarm Program Exists

The False Alarm program was established to allow the City of Port Coquitlam to recoup the money spent on sending the Fire Department and/or RCMP Officers to attend at premises where the alarm was false. The cost of attending each false alarm cannot be measured in only dollars and cents; there is also a cost involved in having the attending officers unavailable for true emergencies.

Definition of a False Alarm
A false alarm is defined as the activation of an alarm system resulting in the direct or indirect notification of the Fire Department and/or RCMP  and their actual attendance at the address of the alarm system where there is no evidence of:
  • unauthorized entry or the commission of an unlawful act in relation to the property protected by the Alarm System;
  • smoke damage or any other visible sign of fire; or
  • an emergency situation.
It also includes situations where:
  • the alarm system has malfunctioned;
  • the alarm system has been activated in error; or
  • the alarm system has been activated during testing.

Property Owner Responsibilities
A property owner or occupier is responsible for the proper use, installation, maintenance, and operation of any security alarm system or fire alarm system installed on or in the property in order to ensure the prevention of false alarms.

Every property owner or occupier who uses a security alarm system or fire alarm system must keep the Fire Department and RCMP informed by notice in writing of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of:
  • a Monitoring Service, if applicable; or
  • at least three persons who will be known as Property References and may be contacted in the event of an alarm incident.

Please direct your written notices to:

Port Coquitlam Fire Department
1725 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam  BC  V3C 2M9
Fax   604.927.5406

RCMP, Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam Detachment
2986 Guildford Way,
Coquitlam, BC  V3B 7Y5
Fax  604.552.7305

Penalties
The charge for each false alarm that the Fire Department or RCMP attends are as follows:

Where a fee is charged, the City will invoice the owner of the real property for the response service.

If false alarm infractions are not paid, the amount is added onto the property owner's taxes at the end of the calendar year in which the infraction was issued. Once this charge is added to the taxes, it becomes "taxes in arrears" and is subject to interest charges.

For more information on Port Coquitlam's False Alarm Program, contact:
Fire Protective Services
Port Coquitlam Fire & Emergency Services
Tel  604.927.5340 or 604.927.5466
Fax  604.927.5406
Email  fire@portcoquitlam.ca

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Last Updated:4/23/2013 11:30:57 AM