Woodstown enacts false fire alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, March 15, 2010

WOODSTOWN, N.J.—NJ.com on March 11 reported members of the Woodstown Borough Council are looking to reduce the number of false alarm calls the fire department responds to here through an ordinance introduced Tuesday night that would impose fines against any property owner that has more than five false alarms at a location in a year.

The ordinance was introduced to the public after Reliance Fire Co. Chief Brian Facemyer suggested this course of action to the council after seeing an increase in the number of false alarm calls his fire company responded to in a year. Facemyer stated his support for this ordinance again on Tuesday night.

The violation and penalties for false fire alarms will be: first through fifth false alarms, no fine, but a false fire alarm warning form will be issued to the property owner; sixth false alarm, $250 fine; seventh false alarm, $300 fine; eighth false alarm, $400 fine; nine or more false alarms, $500 fine for each offense.

A public hearing and vote on this ordinance, which also outlines regulations for key boxes on fire alarm systems or sprinkler systems, will be held at the next borough council meeting on March 23.