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Comment on fire departments not canceling run once dispatched
August 25, 2022
Comment on fire departments not canceling run once dispatched from article on August 4, 2022
          Regarding your article on August 4, 2022 [which had an August 3 by mistake] asking why fire departments won’t cancel a run once dispatched. 
          Your comment was:
             “Can anyone explain this seemingly ubiquitous policy, that once on their way the fire department will show up in full regalia and force even though the fire alarm has been retracted?”
          NYC FDNY does not send, as you put it, a full regalia and force, but only sends an officer and some limited related staff to the scene to investigate the dispatch notification when restores are retransmitted right after the alarm based upon the building size, occupancy and other factors.   This does not apply in all cases such as schools.   If the building has a history of false alarms it may apply despite the other factors that I mentioned.   That is why all signals sent from the location are required to be sent to the FDNY as they take place even though they may have already been sent in some form.   With Volunteer Fire Departments that does not apply because who is going to make a decision as to respond fully or partially and loose time it the event is real.   I am sure these policies also apply to other Fire Departments around the country as well in other states.
          No one else has commented so I am not sure if the non-cancellation policy on a dispatched run is common policy or not.  That seems to be the practice in my village.

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