[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pittsford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and building construction administration — See Ch. 105.
Article I Fire Alarm Systems
[Adopted 10-13-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992]
It is the purpose of this article to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the Village of Pittsford by reducing the number of avoidable alarms to emergency agencies. Avoidable alarms contribute to ineffective utilization of public safety manpower and equipment. In addition, avoidable alarms require emergency responses which may contribute to a high accident rate and delayed responses to genuine emergencies. This article seeks to ensure that fire communications facilities will be available to dispatch fire personnel for actual emergencies.
For the purpose of this article, certain words and phrases shall be construed herein as set forth in this section:
- AVOIDABLE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner, user, custodian or lessee of an alarm system or his employees or agents or through any other cause which, through direct connection to an emergency agency, or which, through notification of an emergency agency by a private answering point or automatic dialing device, or which, through notification to an emergency agency by any other second party or means, indicates that an emergency situation exists requiring an emergency response within the Village of Pittsford when, in fact, an emergency situation does not exist. An "avoidable alarm" also includes the knowing or intentional activation of an alarm to an emergency agency when the activator knows that an emergency situation does not exist. "Avoidable alarm" does not include alarms activated by violent conditions of nature, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or any other similar cause beyond the control of the user of the alarm system. Activation of an alarm system under any circumstances in which the activator reasonably believes that an emergency situation exists is not an "avoidable alarm."
- FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical or electrical device which is designed or used for the detection of fire and which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when activated. "Fire alarm systems" include but are not limited to direct-dial telephone devices, audible alarms and proprietor alarms. Devices which are not designed or used to register alarms that are audible, visible or perceptible outside of the protected building, structure or facility are not included within this definition, nor are auxiliary devices installed by the telephone company or a cable television company to protect its systems which might be damaged or disrupted by the use of an alarm system.
- FIRE MARSHAL
- The Fire Marshal of the Village of Pittsford or his assistant and/or the Building Inspector of the Village of Pittsford or his assistant.
- Written notice given by personal service upon the addressee or given by United States Mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the person to be notified at his last known address. Service of such "notice" shall be effective upon the completion of personal service or upon the placing of the same in the custody of the United States Postal Service.
- Any person who owns, leases, contracts for or otherwise obtains a fire alarm system.
The Fire Marshal shall obtain on a weekly basis from the Fire District the avoidable alarms received by the Fire District.
The Fire Marshal shall notify the owner in writing of the fact of the avoidable alarm, and that subsequent avoidable alarms will result in fines as provided in this article.
The Fire Marshal shall maintain a file of all such written notices to owners concerning the first avoidable alarm.
For the second avoidable alarm within two years, the owner shall be subject to a fine of $100.
For the third avoidable alarm within two years, the owner shall be subject to a fine of $200.
For each avoidable alarm thereafter within two years, the owner shall be subject to a fine of $300.
The Fire Marshal shall issue appearance tickets to owners in violation of this article.