Oregon fire district to require verification of fire alarms

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, a rural fire protection district in Oregon, recently adopted an ordinance requiring central monitoring stations to attempt to verify residential and commercial fire alarms.

Under the new ordinance, central stations cannot retransmit alarm signals to the district’s dispatch center until an attempt has been made to verify the alarm.

The ordinance states: "Verification attempt shall be made within 90 seconds of receipt of alarm signal. If the Protected Premises is contacted and can confirm that no fire or emergency condition exists, then the alarm signal shall not be retransmitted. In all other situations, the alarm signal shall be immediately retransmitted." Click here to read the entire ordinance.

Waterflow alarms and manual pull station alarms are exempt from the new rule.