Española Firefighters Propose Fines for False Alarms

  • Source: Rio Grande Sun
  • Published: 05/12/2019 01:01 PM

An Española Fire Department officials told councilors at a May 1 Public Safety Committee meeting that they would like city council to implement an ordinance that fines property owners for false alarm calls. Department Lt. Ron Padilla explained to councilors that false alarms make up a significant percentage of calls, and often they are repeated calls to the same businesses. “Just looking at some of the false calls that we’re talking about, McDonald’s had 14 false calls in two months,” Padilla said. “We did go over there, we advised them of the situation.” Padilla said the business explained they had installed a new oven, but that the position of the oven was near a heat sensor that was triggered whenever the oven door was opened, resulting in a fire alarm. Regardless of the number of false alarms, Padilla said the Department has to respond to each call and each location as if it were an actual fire.


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