False Alarm Reduction Project: Consultation Paper

Tasmania Fire Service is the operational arm of the State Fire Commission and has principal responsibility for responding to fire and other emergencies. Tasmania Fire Service also monitors fire alarms in approximately 2,000 premises state-wide. The majority of responses to alarmed premises, however, are due to false activation or malfunction – a reason other than fire.

Subsequently, Tasmania Fire Service has initiated the False Alarm Reduction Project to take a holistic approach to defining the issues and to identify solutions to work with premises owners to reduce false alarms. An outcome of the project is to develop a False Alarm Reduction in line with the national initiative to reduce instances of false alarms within the built environment.

The national initiative seeks to make improvements in the following four key areas:

1) Increasing public safety.

2) Improving operational response.

3) Reducing costs.

4) Streamlining cross-departmental business functions relating to Automatic Fire Alarms.

A goal of the False Alarm Reduction Project is to achieve a collaborative and coordinated approach to the reduction of false alarms, in recognition of the shared responsibility for this issue across premises owners, the building industry, fire protection industry, and Tasmania Fire Service.

Thank you for your Input and Feedback!

The Tasmania Fire Service has successfully concluded the consultation phase for the False Alarm Reduction Project – Consultation Paper. We sincerely appreciate your valuable contributions during this period.

To access the consultation paper and review the issues identified and possible solutions presented across key areas such as Policy and Procedures, Training of Frontline Staff, Education, Setting of Fees and Charges, and Business Systems and Practices, download the following Consultation paper.

Your feedback remains important to us! Although the formal consultation period has ended, we still welcome additional insights and information. Feel free to share your thoughts via email at TFSFARS@fire.tas.gov.au.

If you haven’t had a chance to provide feedback yet, or if you have more to share, we encourage you to do so. Your ongoing involvement is crucial to the success of this project.

Thank you for your continued support.

The consultation period was open from Monday, September 4, and closed at 11:59 PM on Friday, November 3, 2023.

To review all submissions in one consolidated document, please click here to download the file.

For your convenience, individual submissions can be downloaded directly from the table below. Click on the respective links to access specific submissions:

Submission Number Organisation or Individual Position Date Received PDF
1 DPFEM Internal Employee 05/09/2023 Download (108kb)
2 Retained Firefighter 06/09/2023 Download (109kb)
3 Volunteer Firefighter 12/09/2023 Download (109kb)
4 DPFEM Internal Employee 22/09/2023 Download (114kb)
5 Retained Firefighter 23/09/2023 Download (111kb)
6 External Stakeholder 03/10/2023 Download (138kb)
7 External Stakeholder 06/10/2023 Download (105kb)
8 External Stakeholder 23/10/2023 Download (132kb)
9 External Employee 30/10/2023 Download (106kb)
10 Volunteer Firefighter 31/10/2023 Download (113kb)
11 Volunteer Firefighter 02/11/2023 Download (113kb)
12 External Stakeholder – National Fire Industry Association 02/11/2023 Download (299kb)
13 External Stakeholder – Fire Protection Association Australia 03/11/2023 Download (121kb)
14 DPFEM Internal Employee 03/11/2023 Download (126kb)
15 External Stakeholder – Australian Institute of Building Surveyors 08/11/2023 Download (176kb)