In the last five years, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) has sent its fire engines 32,685 times to premises, after receiving an automatic signal from an automatic fire alarm.

Automatic Fire Alarms (AFAs) provide an effective means of giving early warning of a potential fire within a premises and are especially effective and useful when the premises is unoccupied.

However, these systems are not fool proof and the vast majority (99.13%) of actuations from these systems require no action by the fire service.

Automatic fire detection can be actuated by many common airborne materials, such as dust, insects, steam, aerosol products and, also by faults with the system.

When an actuation of a fire alarm is automatically sent to the fire service (usually via an Alarm Receiving Centre), and the fire service mobilise their resources to the premises when they are not needed, this is deemed to be an unwanted fire signal (UwFS).

Unwanted Fire Signal (UwFS) cost businesses time and money and divert firefighters from genuine emergencies and other duties. We are committed to reducing the number of these false alarms and so have adopted a policy around how we respond to AFAs.