False Alarm

False Alarms impact the community by causing alarm apathy and complacency, disruption to production and lost time, tying up equipment and personal during a false alarm response, and the financial impact of fuel or equipment availability.

There are essentially three types of False Alarms:
  • Unintentional False Alarm: This includes alarms that are caused by fumes from cooking, steam, tobacco smoke, dust, etc.
  • False Alarm due to Malfunction: These are alarms due to faults with the equipment.
  • Malicious False Alarms: Include but are not limited to hoax calls or pull station activation.

In an effort to reduce the number of false alarm notification, the City of Longview has adopted a False Alarm ordinance. There will be no fee for the first four chargeable false alarms in a calendar year.  For the 5th and subsequent false alarms there will be a fee of $250.00 per chargeable false alarm. Alarm users must either appeal, as provided in Section 40-88 of the City Ordinance, or pay assessed service fee(s) within thirty days of receipt of notice.

For more questions about fire alarm permits or false alarms, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 903-237-1119