False fire alarms frustrate Canadian fire chiefs

B.C.'s fire chiefs are frustrated by the number of false alarms coming from smoke detectors wired to automatically call them.

District of Hope Chief Tom DeScorcy of the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. is asking security companies not to wire residential smoke alarms to automatically call the fire department.

"The fire departments are going to more and more calls these days. Going to a false alarm in a metro department is going to tie up needed resources to go elsewhere," said DeScorcy, who spoke in Kamloops at the annual meeting for fire chiefs.

Alarms are intended to get people out of the building, not to dispatch fire crews, he said.