Calgary Fire Department to get into central station business
May 6, 2004
CALGARY, Alberta - On Monday, The Calgary City Council unanimously approved a program that calls for the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fire department to monitor fire alarms directly.
The Calgary Fire DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Direct Protect program is a new monitoring service run by the department that will replace central station monitoring of fire alarm systems.
The Canadian Security Association had earlier attempted to delay the vote to allow security industry representatives to provide more information to the council. Along with the vote, the city council directed the fire department to work with the industry to alleviate concerns about the new program.
Direct Protect calls for the fire department to install smoke detectors in an effort to reduce false alarms. The department cited a need to reduce time as the driver behind the program, under which it will monitor both residential and commercial systems for a monthly fee, which has not yet been determined.