Pennsylvania fire crews speak on growing problems of false alarms

  • Source: WBRE-TV NBC 28 Wilkes-Barre
  • Published: 02/03/2023 12:00 AM

We all hear and see them in our community virtually every day, fire trucks and first responders responding to fire calls. Many times, those calls turn out to be false alarms and fire officials across the nation and our region say they have seen the number of false alarms increasing and that’s creating an unnecessary risk to the public and first responders. Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney is one of the chiefs in our region and Pennsylvania sounding the alarm and trying taking action to try to reduce the numbers and reduce the risk to the public and first responders. “At least two million across the United States every year. Here in Wilkes-Barre in the year 2021, we had 577 false alarms,” said Chief Delaney. Chief Delaney says that 577 times that the public and first responders were unnecessarily placed at risk.


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