When used in this article, unless a contrary intention clearly appears, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM ACTUATING
- Any device, such as smoke or heat detector, pull station or sprinkler flow switch, that causes the alarm to sound.
- AUTOMATIC DEVICE
- A fire protection device that requires no manual operation during activation.
- CENTRAL STATION OPERATING COMPANY
- A company equipped to receive a fire alarm signal from each of its customers and which then transmits to the RFD the location of any such alarm which the "central station operating company" receives.
- FALSE ALARM
- A "false alarm" shall be defined as any and/or all of the following:
- A. The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or negligence of the user of an alarm system or his/her employees or agents.
- B. Any signal or automatic dialing service transmitted to the RFD requesting or requiring or resulting in a response on the part of the RFD when a situation requiring response by the RFD does not in fact exist.
- C. For the purposes of this section, a "false fire alarm" shall be defined to include any and/or all of the following:
- (1) The operation of a faulty smoke- or heat-detection device.
- (2) Faulty control panel or associated equipment.
- (3) A water pressure surge in automatic sprinkler equipment.
- (4) Accidental operation of an automatic sprinkler system.
- (5) An action by an employee of the owner or occupant of the protected premises or a contractor employed by the owner or the occupant causing accidental activation of the internal fire alarm system.
- FIRE ALARM CONTROL PANEL
- The electrical and electronic center of a system that detects alarm conditions, sounds signals and provides power and supervisory features.
- FIRE ALARM SERVICE COMPANY
- A commercial firm that specializes primarily in the installation and service of fire alarm devices.
- FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
- Any heat-activated, smoke-activated, flame-energy-activated or other such automatic device capable of transmitting a fire alarm signal to either a central station operating company or directly to the RFD by way of a master box.
- FIRE ALARM SYSTEM OWNER
- An individual or entity who or which owns the title to and/or has on his/her or its business or residential premises a fire alarm system equipped to send a fire alarm signal to a central station operating company or directly to the RFD by way of a master box.
- FIRE CHIEF
- The Chief of the RFD.
- FIRE WATCH
- A Randolph firefighter having knowledge of fire safety rules and regulations and having the ability and knowledge to properly sound an alarm and one (1) who tours the property being protected in the event of fire.
- MANUAL DEVICE
- A fire alarm pull station or other device that requires manual activation for operation.
- MASTER BOX OWNER
- An individual or entity who or which has, on his/her or its business or residential premises, a fire alarm system equipped to send a fire alarm signal directly to the RFD by way of a master box.
- The Randolph Fire Department.
- SERVICE INDIVIDUAL
- An individual having extensive knowledge in the repair and maintenance of fire alarm systems, such as an electrician who specializes in signaling systems.
- SIGNALING CIRCUIT
- The electrical circuit that connects and operates all fire alarm system horns, bells or other devices.
- SINGLE STATION UNIT
- A self-contained fire protection device equipped with all features of a system within a small housing, such as a battery-operated smoke detector (i.e., detector, power supply, signal).
- SUPERVISORY CIRCUIT
- Any alarm circuit that passes a small current through a device and detects a fault on that circuit.
- TYPE I SYSTEM
- A total fire alarm system that includes detecting devices, annunciator signals, power supply and control panel that sounds the local signals at the structure being protected and trips a master fire alarm box connected to the RFD.
- TYPE II SYSTEM
- Same as a Type I system, except that there is no direct connection to the Fire Department.
Before any fire alarm system is connected to the RFD, the master box owner shall provide the Fire Chief with the following information:
The name, address, home and work telephone number of the master box owner.
The street address where the master box is located.
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the persons or businesses protected by the fire alarm system connected to the master box.
The names, addresses and home and work telephone numbers of at least two (2) persons other than the owner who can be contacted twenty-four (24) hours a day who are authorized by the master box owner to respond to an alarm signal and who have access to the premises in which the master box is located.
Such other information as the Fire Chief may require.
If, at the passage of this article, a fire alarm system has already been connected to the RFD by way of a master box, the master box owner shall comply with the requirements of this section within sixty (60) days after the RFD has sent him or her notice, by first-class mail, of the requirements of this section.
Before any central station operating company is connected with the RFD, it shall provide the Fire Chief with the following information:
The name, address and telephone numbers of the central station operating company.
The names, addresses and home and work telephone numbers of at least two (2) persons who can be contacted twenty-four (24) hours a day who are authorized by the central station operating company to respond to an alarm signal and who have access to the premises from where the alarm signal is emitting to the central station operating company.
The name, address, home and work telephone numbers and location of the premises of each customer of the central station operating company who has a fire alarm system equipped to send a fire alarm signal to the central station operating company.
Such other information as the Fire Chief may require.
If at the passage of this article a central station operating company already has a direct connection to the RFD, the central station operating company shall comply with the requirements of this section within sixty (60) days after the RFD has sent it notice, by first class mail, of the requirements of this section.
Every master box owner and every central station operating company shall be responsible for updating the information herein required to be provided to the Chief. If the information provided changes, the master box owner and the central station operating company shall provide the Fire Chief with the updated information and shall pay the fee, if any, required by this article.
If there is a fire alarm system false alarm, as defined herein, the Fire Chief may assess a fine against a fire alarm system owner for each false alarm per fiscal year in accordance with the Fine Schedule.
First offense: no charge.
Second and third offense. Upon the recording of the second and third offense by the RFD, the Fire Chief shall notify the owner of the building, in writing, by certified mail, of such fact and at this time inform the owner of the Department's policy with regard to charging for false alarms. (A copy of the policy shall be sent at this time.)
Private fire alarm systems connected to the RFD by other automatic means or through a central station system shall be subject to the above conditions.
Any false fire alarm which is the result of the failure of the property owner, occupant or his/her agents to notify the RFD of repair, maintenance or testing of the internal fire alarm system within the protected premises shall cause a penalty to be assessed in accordance with Subsection A.
Property owners will be billed once a month for the previous month's malfunction activity.
If the bill is not paid within thirty (30) calendar days, a second notice will be sent. If the bill is not paid after another thirty (30) calendar-day period, a final notice will be sent informing the owner and/or occupant that the master box will be disconnected and the insurance company notified.
Any fire alarm system owner who is aggrieved by an action taken by the Fire Chief under this article may, within ten (10) days of such action, file an appeal, in writing, to the Town Manager of the Town of Randolph. After notice, the Manager shall hold a hearing, after which he shall issue a decision in which he affirms, annuls or modifies the action taken by the Fire Chief, giving his reasons therefor. The Manager shall send its decision to the owner by first-class mail within ten (10) days after the hearing. The decision of the Manager shall be a final administrative decision. The owner shall have thirty (30) days from the date of the written decision to seek judicial review in the Norfolk County Superior Court.
The Fire Chief may promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to implement this article. The Fire Chief is authorized to pursue such legal action as may be necessary to enforce this article.
All fines assessed herein shall be payable to the Town of Randolph Fire Department for deposit in the general fund.
The provisions of this article shall be deemed to be severable, and if any of its provisions shall be held unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of such court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions.