Village of Farmingdale, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Farmingdale 9-23-1985 by L.L. No. 3-1985 (Ch. 48, Art. II of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 259.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 271.

§ 213-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ELECTRICAL POWER
The ordinary and customary power provided by the utility authorized to provide same.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Any alarm device or series of devices which when activated:
A. 
Automatically dials the emergency telephone number of the Farmingdale Fire Department as designated by the Nassau County Fire Marshal or a manned facility and uses a pretaped or prerecorded message to alert the Fire Department that an emergency exists or that the services of the Fire Department are needed;
B. 
Transmits to a manned facility, where the signal is recorded, retransmitted and/or validated and the information relayed to the Fire Department that an emergency exists or that the services of the Fire Department are needed; or
C. 
Activates a municipal fire alarm system.
PERSON
Includes individuals, corporations, partnerships, firms or agents acting in behalf thereof.
STANDBY POWER
Power generated in the place and stead of electrical power, whether by battery, auxiliary generator or otherwise.

§ 213-2 Specifications and installation.

A. 
All fire alarm systems installed and maintained in the Village of Farmingdale shall be in compliance with this article.
B. 
The Fire Marshal of Nassau County and the Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department or a person so designated by the Chief, shall have the power to determine conformance with this article.
C. 
All fire alarm systems subject to this article and maintained in the Village of Farmingdale shall be inspected and tested annually or in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer, whichever requires the more frequent inspections, by a competent person. Written records of inspection shall be maintained on the premises protected and shall include:
(1) 
Date of inspection.
(2) 
Name of inspecting person.
(3) 
Condition of equipment.
(4) 
Action taken to correct any deficiencies.
D. 
Any fire alarm system as defined in § 213-1 shall:
(1) 
Upon detection of fire or smoke, automatically activate an audible alarm on the premises.
(2) 
Have a thirty-second time lapse between initial activation of audible signal on the premises and transmission of signal to the Fire Department.
(3) 
Have the capability of the audible and signal transmission both being deactivated by an occupant in the event of malfunction or accidental activation of the system.
(4) 
Be designed and installed to transmit the address and nearest street intersection and to limit to three the number of transmissions for any one emergency to the Fire Department or central fire alarm bureau after receipt of the alarm.
(5) 
Be designed and installed to prevent activation of the fire alarm system by a burglar alarm system.
(6) 
If operated by electric power, not be activated by loss of electrical power and shall be provided with standby power.
(7) 
All persons installing, operating and/or maintaining fire alarm systems subject to this article shall maintain records of all service and inspections. Individual records shall be available for inspection for a period of one year from date of said service or inspection by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and/or the Chief of the Fire Department or a person so designated by the Chief.
E. 
Any fire alarm system, as defined in § 213-1, shall:
(1) 
Upon detection of fire or smoke, automatically activate an audible alarm on the premises.
(2) 
Be designed and installed to prevent activation of the fire alarm system by a burglar alarm system.
(3) 
If operated by electric power, not be activated by loss of electrical power and shall be provided with standby power.
(4) 
All persons installing, operating and/or maintaining fire alarm systems subject to this article shall maintain records of all service and inspections. Individual records shall be available for inspection for a period of one year from date of said service or inspection by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and/or the Chief of the Fire Department or a person so designated by the Chief.
F. 
Exception. Standpipe and sprinkler water flow alarm devices connected to a central station or to the Fire Department or fire alarm bureau in lieu of the requirements of Subsection D shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
A normal fluctuation in water main pressure as determined by the Nassau County Fire Marshal shall not cause a false water flow alarm to be transmitted that will require Fire Department response.
(2) 
All persons installing, operating and/or maintaining such water flow alarm systems shall maintain records of service and inspections. Individual records shall be available for inspection by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and/or the Chief of the Fire Department or a person so designated by the Chief.

§ 213-3 Required licenses and permits.

A. 
License. All persons installing, maintaining, constructing, replacing or improving any automatic fire alarm system, as defined in this article, which requires Fire Department response in the Village of Farmingdale shall be licensed by the state pursuant to Article 6-D of the General Business Law. The following shall be in addition to the requirements of the General Business Law:[1]
(1) 
All persons installing, maintaining, constructing, replacing or improving any automatic fire alarm system, as defined in this article, which requires Fire Department response in the Village of Farmingdale, shall obtain a license from the Fire Marshal of Nassau County upon proper application on a form provided by the Fire Marshal and submission of such information on such form as the Fire Marshal may require together with a fee as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees, with a schedule of such fees to be maintained by the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Upon consideration and approval of such application by the Fire Marshal, a license shall be issued on a form prepared by the Fire Marshal which shall authorize such installation, construction, replacement or improvement of such automatic fire alarm system.
(2) 
The license issued herein shall expire one year from the date of such issuance unless prior thereto the license is revoked or suspended by the Fire Marshal. Upon payment of the annual license fee as provided in § 213-5A(1), prior to the expiration date, a license shall be renewed for another year, and the authority to install, maintain, construct, replace or improve any automatic fire alarm system, as defined in this article, shall continue in effect until such time within the year as the Fire Marshal revokes or suspends such license.
(3) 
The Fire Marshal may, at any time, require reasonable information of an applicant or a licensee and may require the production of books and records which relate to the installation, maintenance, construction, construction, replacement or improvement of any automatic fire alarm system or the qualifications for compliance with this article by the applicant or licensee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Permit. All persons or owners of property located within the Village of Farmingdale or the lessees thereof who desire to operate and maintain an automatic fire alarm system in the Village of Farmingdale shall apply to the Fire Marshal of the County of Nassau for a permit on forms provided by the Fire Marshal. It shall be unlawful to operate or maintain such an automatic fire alarm system without first obtaining a permit as hereafter provided:
(1) 
The Fire Marshal of Nassau County shall issue, upon proper application and payment of such fee as is then applicable, a permit to any person who owns or leases property upon which an automatic fire alarm system is operated or maintained; or on behalf of such person to any seller, lessor or installer of such automatic fire alarm system. Such permit shall be transferable to any subsequent owner or lessee of the premises in which such automatic fire alarm system has been installed upon written notification to the Fire Marshal of Nassau County and the Chief of the Fire Department.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(2) 
The permit required by this article shall continue in full force and effect so long as there is full compliance with the provisions of this article.
(3) 
All present owners or lessees of premises having an automatic fire alarm system installed in said premises shall comply with all provisions of this article within six months of the effective date of this article.

§ 213-4 Liability for damages.

This article shall not be construed to hold the Village of Farmingdale and/or the County of Nassau, its officers or employees responsible for any injury to person or damage to property by reason of the inspection or reinspection authorized herein, or failure to inspect or reinspect as herein provided, or by reason of the approval or disapproval of any fire alarm system authorized herein.

§ 213-5 Automatic dialing devices.

A. 
The name, address and telephone number of the person installing, servicing and/or maintaining a fire alarm system subject to this article shall be affixed to the control panel of the fire alarm system at all times.
B. 
No person shall use, operate or install any fire alarm system that will, upon activation, either manually or automatically initiate the dialing of any telephone number of the Farmingdale Fire Department until such time as a permit has been issued by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and the Fire Department has approved the telephone number to be programmed.

§ 213-6 False alarms; malfunctions.

A. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of this article, nothing contained herein shall modify, limit, enlarge or in any other way affect the penalties provided for willful or intentional false alarms as same is defined and provided within the New York State criminal codes or statutes.
B. 
Any alarm to which the Fire Department responds and after investigation determines is the result of the malfunction of the fire alarm system, the negligence of any individual or any other situation that does not involve a criminal act or fire shall be designated a false alarm. Thereupon it shall be the responsibility of the occupant of the premises that the cause for such false alarm be corrected by a licensed maintainer as defined in § 213-3 and a report of such correction in writing shall be submitted to the Farmingdale Fire Department and the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office within 10 business days. Repeated false alarms shall be subject to penalties as outlined in § 213-8.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 213-7 Enforcement.

This article and the provisions of the Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance, as from time to time amended, may be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale as established by Chapter 44 of the Code of the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale.

§ 213-8 Penalties for offenses. [1]

A. 
Any and every person who violates any provision of this article shall forthwith upon oral or written notice relating thereto proceed to correct and remedy such violation without any delay.
B. 
A residential property owner and/or tenant who shall be deemed to have violated this article shall be subject to a false alarm charge/fee in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
First false alarm within a calendar year: $0.
(2) 
Second false alarm within a calendar year: $25.
(3) 
Third false alarm within a calendar year: $50.
(4) 
Fourth false alarm and any subsequent alarm within a calendar year: $250 each.
C. 
Commercial property, business owners and tenants shall be subsequent to a false alarm charge/fee in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
First false alarm within a calendar year: $25.
(2) 
Second false alarm within a calendar year: $50.
(3) 
Third false alarm within a calendar year: $100.
(4) 
Fourth false alarm and any subsequent alarm within a calendar year: $250 each.
D. 
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, new alarm installations shall not be subject to any fine for the first month after the alarm installation. The first false alarm within this first one-month period shall not be considered a false alarm for purposes of determining the fine for any false alarms following the expiration of the one-month period.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).