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Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs - Direct Alarm Monitoring

OAFC resolution 01-37

By Fire Chief Milt Wilson

 

WHEREAS:

It is essential that fire departments be alerted in as short a time as possible to respond to a signal of a potential emergency;

AND WHEREAS:

The fire alarm monitoring industry should review its current practices to ensure that fire alarms are properly reported to fire departments in an expedient manner;

AND WHEREAS:

The fire service is aware of incidences in which there have been significant delays in the time between alarm monitoring cmpanies receiving the signal of an alarm and the time of their reporting the signal to the fire department dispatch centre;

AND WHEREAS:

Fire departments currently not participating in electronic direct to the fire department alarm monitoring should be able to provide this service in their municipalities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the National Fire Code and the Ontario Fire Code be amended to require electronic direct to the fire department monitoring of fire alarms in those buildings identified an Articles 3.2.2.17 and 3.2.4.7 of the National Building Code and Ontario Building Code.