Idaho Town Fights False Fire Alarms

Town levies $360 fee per false fire alarm after grace period


Weiser, Idaho, has decided to recoup money it spends following up on false fire alarms. The small town on the border of Oregon and Idaho is primarily a rural community, with just over 5,000 residents.

Nonetheless, it's facing its fare share of false fire alarms. According to a new ordinance approved by the town's city council, the town will begin charging a fine for false signals.

The council allowed for three false fire alarms to go without fines, but on the fourth alarm within a year, the fine will be levied at $360. Additional false alarms in that same year's time will also require the payment of another fine.