Moscow poised to impose fines for false fire calls

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho - Moscow is hoping a new ordinance will help reduce the number of fake fire alarms.

Last year, nearly one-third of the emergency calls to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department were false alarms.

City leaders approved an ordinance last week establishing fines for repeat false alarm offenders. Under the new rule, the city can fine a third offender $25. A fourth offense is worth $50, while five or more will cost $100, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports.

Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button says the policy aims to get businesses or residential units with fire alarm systems to maintain software to prevent false calls. The city also intends to work with the University of Idaho to educate students about the new policy.

In neighboring Pullman, Wash., the city impose fines up to $250 for intentional false alarms.

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