2 Fire Departments To Issue Fines For False Alarms

HOUMA, LA (AP) — Two fire districts opted to be included in a Terrebonne Parish ordinance that makes excessive false police and fire alarms illegal.

         The parish council has voted to include Bayou Black's Fire Protection District No. 9 and Dularge's Fire Protection District No. 10 in the ordinance.

         The Courier’s Chris Leblanc reports the new law, approved last week, springs from a rash of false alarms throughout the parish. And it applies only to excessive false alarms that result from faulty equipment.

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         Under the ordinance, more than three false alarms at a single location over a 12-month period will constitute excessive alarms. After the fourth alarm, the property owner or alarm company is subject to a $100 fine. The fifth carries a $200 fine, and sixth and any subsequent alarms carry a $400 fine.

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