False alarm charges on cards?

West Yorkshire fire service could impose charges for turning out to false alarms in future.

A consultation exercise into the proposals will begin in June.

Two years ago a new mobilisation procedure was introduced which has led to a reduction in attending to false alarms. But there are still a large number of calls which have a significant impact and drain on fire service resources.

Tracey Austin, who chairs the Community Safety Committee said “The proposals are not to make a profit but only to recover the costs incurred as a result of attending repeated false alarms caused by poorly maintained or defective automatic fire alarm systems.”

The consultation will involve the business community and stakeholders.