A recent alarm at the Holiday Inn Express was coded as a false alarm by the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority (BFRA).
On February 16, Station 5 Bonnyville responded at 8:30 p.m. to alarms ringing at the Holiday Inn Express. It was discovered that a paging station had been activated. RCMP were notified and were investigating when the crews left the scene.
“There were no signs of fire and no smoke, so it will be coded as a false alarm,” BRFA Regional Fire Chief Dan Heney said. “However, it’s not for us to determine accidental or malicious, which is why the RCMP is involved.”
Regional Fire Chief Heney said the biggest impact of a false alarm is that it puts trucks and crews in a position known as “out of position”. This means that during the investigation of the false alarm, these trucks and teams cannot respond to another call until they have determined that it was indeed a false alarm.
“Other hypothetical calls should wait for other crews to come into the room and respond in another truck,” Regional Fire Chief Heney said.
At many BRFA stations, multiple trucks are available, so the impact would only be limited by the available crews, but at a station like Station 7 Fort Kent and Station 8 Ardmore, there is only one only truck available at each station and they respond often. jointly.
“If those crews are busy with a false alarm, the response has to come from another station, which adds more delay,” Regional Fire Chief Heney said.