27 July 2015
The Technology Workstream reported the results of the research project, conducted by BRE Global aimed at identifying the fundamental causes of false fire alarms, utilising a fire alarm industry expert to investigate false alarms as they occurred in the field in the Greater Glasgow area.
A comprehensive online questionnaire was developed by a stakeholder group (facilitated by the FSF Technology Workstream) to enable the fire alarm investigator to record all details of the false alarms attended. The fire alarm investigator assisted Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews as they attended live callouts and, following a comprehensive investigation, completed online reports for each false alarm.
Data from anecdotal accounts and from 65 false alarm reports, gathered from November 2014 to April 2015, have been analysed by BRE and reviewed by the stakeholder group, resulting in 35 recommendations that could significantly reduce false alarm occurrences, and contribute to the greater integrity and reliability of fire detection systems and management processes.
Future research will focus on further research projects the performance fire detectors; the effectiveness of multi-sensor detectors; and the life expectancy of detectors.
The Technology Workstream is also involved in the development of an electronic alarm handling system. A not-for-profit organisation is being established to introduce a registration scheme for fire alarms.
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