FIRE DEPARTMENT NOTIFICATION
Building or fire codes often require fire alarm systems to automatically alert the responsible fire brigade, fire department, or other emergency response forces. The important consideration for fire department response is reporting the correct location. Often an alarm service or off-site location will receive the alarm signal and then retransmit it to the fire department and/or fire brigade.
It is crucial that the address reported to the fire department match the address where the alarm originated. If a building has multiple addresses, the one with the fire alarm annunciator or fire command center, should be reported. If a building includes separate, independent annunciators, coordinate the remote signal with the correct annunciator location (Figure 6.5).
Larger buildings with multiple sections or multiple entrances can be confusing. If possible, remote fire department notification should include information on the section, wing, or entrance where units should report, so firefighters may investigate an alarm originating from the corresponding area. In addition, strobe lights at entrances corresponding to the alarm location for on-site notification can greatly assist the fire department (Figure 6.6).