Hertfordshire County Council are proposing some changes to how they respond to automatic fire alarms, and they would like your comments.

While firefighters are responding to false alarms they are not available to tackle real fires. False alarms waste essential resources, potentially putting lives at risk, and they disrupt other activities such as training and community fire safety work. False alarms also cost businesses time and money.

Last year Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) responded to more than 2,700 Automatic Fire Alarms that turned out to be false alarms.  The vast majority of the time these were avoidable false alarms caused by either a faulty system or an accidental activation for example as a result of cooking fumes.

You can read the proposed changes and comment on them on their automatic fire alarm response consultation.