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Schenectady's false alarms cost fire dept. $1.1M in 2012

Mayor seeks ways to reduce number of unnecessary trips

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More than 10 percent of the Fire Department’s budget is wasted on false calls. The department spent more than $1.1 million last year responding to calls in which they were not needed, sometimes because someone had maliciously pulled an alarm to summon them, fire officials said. In many other cases, landlords had not maintained their automatic fire detection systems, causing repeated false alarms. Mayor Gary McCarthy wants to cut back on false calls to save ...

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February 19, 2013
7:50 a.m.

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isn't there a substance to put on the handle so that it marks the person who pulls the alarm?

February 19, 2013
8:31 a.m.

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safny how do you get a person to show his hans if they pull a box handle and run off?
Works great when some one is standing by the box when a rig shows up and a cop detains the person so they can be tested.
Pretty dumb prankster in that case. Perhaps pole mounted 'camera' above each box would be the best bet. 90% could be those phoney look alike; just the potential of a real camera could be enough of a deterrant.