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False alarm?: Effects of reducing unnecessary dispatches by fire and rescue services
NTNU, Norway.
SINTEF, Norway.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire Research Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8378-4650
2018 (English)In: Safety and Reliability - Safe Societies in a Changing World - Proceedings of the 28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018, 2018, p. 181-188Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Fire and rescue services in Norway dispatch more often to false and unnecessary alarms than to real fires and accidents. In 2016, 60% of the emergency dispatches were conducted on the basis of false or unnecessary alarms. These unnecessary dispatches are costly in terms of time and resources spent, and can in some cases lead to a weakened preparedness towards real incidents. Also, the risk for traffic accidents increases when big vehicles rush through the streets on their way to where the alarm was triggered. Hence, there are good reasons to work to reduce the number of these kind of dispatches. On the other hand, one may also argue that there can be some positive effects of a certain number of mobilizations for the fire crews. Based on interviews with relevant actors connected to fire and rescue services, as well as on statistics collected through the BRIS reporting system, we will discuss possible consequences of reducing the number of false and unnecessary alarms and potential effects of implementing measures for decreasing unnecessary dispatches.

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2018. p. 181-188
Keywords [en]
Accidents, Alarm systems, Emergency services, Fire protection, Reliability, False alarms, Fire and rescue services, Fire crews, Potential effects, Real fire, Reporting systems, Fires
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-37466Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058112360ISBN: 9780815386827 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-37466DiVA, id: diva2:1281451
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28th International European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2018, 17 June 2018 through 21 June 2018
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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