New False Alarm Fees in Effect
Starting July 1, 2019, Regina Fire & Protective Services will charge property owners a
fee for attending a false alarm:
- For a first false alarm – a warning letter will be sent to the property owner
- For a second false alarm – $300
- Third and subsequent false alarms – $600
A false alarm is when a fire safety monitoring device initiates a request for fire rescue
services not caused by heat, smoke or fire and after attending and inspecting, there is
no danger to safety, health and welfare of people, property or the environment. Another
false alarm is when a signal from a security system intended to detect an unauthorized
entry is directed to Regina Fire & Protective Services instead of Regina Police Service.
Attending false alarms costs Regina Fire & Protective Services an average of $350,000
a year. This penalty encourages residents and businesses to take responsibility to
ensure their systems are working correctly, which in turn will allow dedicated resources
to focus on real incidents and protecting the community.
City Council approved the updated Fire Bylaw on September 24, 2018. This update
allows Regina Fire & Protective Services the ability to charge property owners for
attending false alarms effective July 1, 2019.