The current issue of NFPA Journal covers the large and complex issue of unwanted alarms as the primary focus of changes to the new edition of NFPA 72, along with requirements for testing and maintaining alarm systems and other hot topics. Ken Willette, John Hall, Lee Richardson and Marty Ahrens (all from NFPA) spoke on this issue during an educational session at NFPA's recent Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
Between 1980 and 2009, the number of fire department emergency responses more than doubled from 10.8 million to 26.5 million. Many of these have been determined to be due to "unwanted alarms." In part one of an interview with Ken Willette, he explains what an "unwanted alarm" is and how it's proving to be a major challenge for the fire service.