Release of the automatic fire alarm FRS response toolkit

Every fire and rescue service (FRS) in the UK has adopted different strategies for the management of unwanted and false alarms from automatic fire alarm systems (AFAs). It is essential that you and your clients are aware of the local procedures, as additional actions may be required to get the required level of response for a real fire incident.

To manage the unprecedented number of unwanted and false alarm signal (Uw&FAs) calls received from AFAs, many UK FRSs are adopting a range of policies aimed at determining legitimacy before taking action. These processes can increase response time and reduce response weight. This project seeks to elicit all necessary information from all UK FRSs, and to produce a toolkit that raises awareness of these often very different policies against postcodes to underpin risk control provisions. This project updates a historic toolkit and introduces new categories of response.

RISCAuthority has developed a new risk classification list for the analysis of AFA response policy that now includes heritage and education in association with commercial, residential and healthcare categories. Using existing relationships with FRSs and data gleaned from web published FRS integrated risk management plans (IRMPs) a look up table has been produced comprising the 53 FRSs and the risk category day/night response. This is published in tabular form, and also as a look up tool from the RISCAuthority website. The postcode/response dataset is also available to the membership for inclusion in their own systems.