Pennsylvania town orders fees for false fire alarms

Johnstown tired of wasted fuel, firefighters’ time

The city council in Johnstown, Pa., approved an ordinance this week that would require alarm owners to pay a fee for false fire alarms, according to an article published in the Daily American.

Under the ordinance, home and business owners will be given a limit of three false alarms a years, after which they will be required to pay $50 and $150 respectively for any subsequent violations.

New alarm system owners will be given a two-week grace period to work out any kinks in their systems before violations would begin to be counted against them.