Unwanted Fire Signals (UFS) reduction

We are working to reduce the number of false alarm calls to ensure firefighters are free to respond to genuine emergencies as quickly as possible.

What is an unwanted fire signal?

Known as unwanted fire signals, these false alarm calls occur when an automatic fire detection system is activated and upon investigation by the fire service it is found that a fire has not occurred.

Unwanted fire signals have a serious impact to the fire and rescue service, diverting firefighters from other genuine emergencies and potentially life-saving activity

  • On average, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to 2,718 unwanted fire signals each year, an average of 30% of all incidents attended.
  • An average of 60% of all false alarms involving an automatic fire detection system, occur between 8am and 6pm whilst the premises is occupied.

The effects of these types of false alarms include disruption to business and loss of revenue and productivity. It also has the potential for the alarm system to lose credibility, causing people to become complacent in the event of a real fire.

Policy and guidance

Please see the policy and guidance documents below:

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