Beds and Luton's cost savings.(News)

A recent review by Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service have discovered that only 23 out of the 2,354 calls they received in 2005 from AFAs actually needed a fire service response. As a result BLFRS has changed its attendance policy for calls generated by AFAs.

Area Commander Paul Nicholls, who undertook the review, told FIRE: "Automatic fire alarms serve an important purpose by warning occupants and staff in properties of a potential fire, allowing them time to evacuate. The problem we face is that these systems now call us automatically and immediately, via an alarm centre, even if it is an electrical fault or flies in the system. The automatic link was designed to protect the property when unoccupied but has evolved into 24/7 protection. …

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