Air Quality & Backyard Burning
Fire Protection Bylaw [PDF - 238 KB]
When a fire or security alarm goes off, first responders (fire or RCMP) are dispatched. A false alarm is when first responders find that there is no evidence that a fire or security incident happened.
False alarm call-outs use significant fire department or RCMP time. In North Cowichan, a full complement of paid-on-call firefighters are called out to respond. This can have an even greater impact, as many paid-on-call firefighters work at other jobs and have to leave work to attend a call.
False alarms can happen once in a very long while, or they can happen frequently.
Remember: A properly functioning security alarm is the responsibility of the owner of the system. First responders should not be considered a security company.
A warning letter will be sent for a second false alarm in a 12-month period. The third – and each subsequent -- false alarm for a 12-month period generates a $500 fee, and each false alarm after that is an additional $500 fee.
Alarm monitoring agencies can be charged a $1,000 fee for not verifying the alarm is false or ensuring the owner/occupier or person responsible is attending the property.