Town of Cumberland, RI
Providence County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Rescue Service — See Charter, Art. XIX.
Administration — See Ch. 2.
Civil emergencies — See Ch. 10.
Fire prevention and protection — See Ch. 16.
Law enforcement — See Ch. 22.
Water emergencies — See Ch. 40.
[Ord. of 10-17-1984, § 4]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
DIRECT LINE
A telephone line leading directly from any location within the Town to the communication center of the police department that is for use only to report emergency signals.
FALSE ALARMS
The reception of an alarm signal in the communication center of the police department, eliciting a response by emergency personnel when a situation requiring a response by such emergency personnel does not in fact exist, but does not include an alarm signal caused by violent conditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm business operator or alarm user.
PRIMARY TRUNK LINE
A telephone line leading directly into the communication center of the police department or fire department that is for the purpose of handling emergency calls on a person-to-person basis and which is identified as such by a specific number included among the emergency numbers listed in the telephone directory issued by the telephone company serving the Town.
SECONDARY TRUNK LINE
A telephone line leading into the police communication center that is identified by a specific listing among the emergency numbers in the telephone directory for handling administrative or routine calls on a person-to-person basis.
SPECIAL TRUNK LINE
A nonpublished telephone number in the police communication center reserved exclusively for the reception of emergency voice signals.
THIRD PARTY SYSTEM
Any person selling, leasing, renting or providing without fee burglar or fire protection service through radio, telephone or telegraph communication and response by alerting the police or fire department in the Town. Such person does not have to exist in the Town.
[Ord. of 10-17-1984, § 1]
(a) 
Direct lines. All installations of burglar and fire alarms shall be connected on direct lines. The cost of these lines shall be the responsibility of the owner of the alarm.
(b) 
Installation permit. The requirements for an installation permit shall be as follow:
(1) 
Every installation of a supervised fire alarm shall require a permit from the police department, and the permit must be signed by the local fire official.
(2) 
Every installation of a supervised burglar alarm shall require a permit from the police department.
(3) 
The cost for such permit shall be payable to the general fund and shall be set from time to time by the Council.
(c) 
User's permit. The requirements for a user's permit shall be as follow:
(1) 
Every supervised fire alarm user shall obtain a supervised fire alarm user's permit from the police department and approval from the local fire official.
(2) 
Every supervised burglar alarm user shall obtain a supervised burglar alarm user's permit from the police department.
(3) 
The supervised alarm user's permit fee shall be made payable to the general fund and the amount of such fee shall be set from time to time by the Council. The permit shall be posted upon the premises using this alarm system and shall be available for inspection.
(d) 
Transferability of permit. No permit issued pursuant to this section shall be transferable.
(e) 
False alarms. More than four false alarms in a calendar year from any alarm system for which an alarm user's permit has been obtained may constitute grounds for revocation of such permit, subject to the provisions of this subsection. After the department has recorded four false alarms in a year, it shall notify the permit holder in writing of such facts and require the permit holder report to the police department his efforts to eliminate false alarms within 15 days. If the permit holder fails to submit a report within 15 days or a reasonable extension for good cause, the police department may revoke the user's permit and under such circumstances the user shall be entitled to a hearing or appeal under this section.
[Ord. of 10-17-1984, § 2]
(a) 
Every automatic dialing device for a burglar or fire alarm system shall be interconnected to a special trunk line. Failure of any person to comply with this subsection shall constitute an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 per day for each day of noncompliance.
(b) 
Prior to the connection of any automatic dialing device to the special trunk line, an alarm user's permit must be obtained from the Town at the police department headquarters. The alarm user's permit fee shall be made payable to the general fund, and the amount of such fee shall be set from time to time by the Council. All permits shall be issued for one year from date of issue. The permit shall be physically upon the premises using the alarm system and shall be available for inspection.
(c) 
The Town or the local fire department shall not be liable for any defects in the operation of automatic protection devices and signal lines of the systems or for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt of an alarm from such a source.
(d) 
No permit issued pursuant to this section shall be transferable.
(e) 
More than four false alarms in a year from any alarm system for which an alarm user's permit has been obtained may constitute grounds for revocation of such permit, subject to the provisions of this subsection. After the department has recorded four false alarms in a year, it shall notify the permit holder in writing of such fact and require the permit holder to report to the police department within 15 days of his efforts to eliminate false alarms. If the permit holder fails to submit a report within 15 days or a reasonable extension for good cause, the police department may revoke the user's permit and under such circumstances the user shall not be entitled to a hearing or appeal under this section. If the alarm user submits an unsatisfactory report or has one or more false alarms during the same calendar year after submitting a satisfactory report, the police department may revoke or suspend the alarm user's permit. A fine of $50 shall be assessed for each false alarm over two per year.
(f) 
An alarm system user whose permit has been revoked may apply for a new permit. The fire department or police department may impose reasonable restrictions and conditions upon issuing a new permit to an alarm user, with respect to the particular system for which the permit was revoked.
(g) 
Any person for whom any false alarm is generated by an unpermitted device shall be fined $50 and shall be required to obtain a permit within five days.
(h) 
These devices shall only be allowed on telephone line numbers designated by the police department.
(i) 
The devices shall not be allowed on the primary trunk line or secondary trunk line.
[Ord. of 10-17-1984, § 3]
(a) 
All third-party users of fire and burglar alarms shall provide the police department with a complete list of all subscribers within the Town.
(b) 
Failure of any third-party user to comply with this section within 90 days shall constitute an offense punishable in accordance with § 1-4.