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Does Fire Marshall have to be notified prior to termination of commercial fire alarm monitoring 
May 16, 2023
Does Fire Marshall have to be notified prior to termination of commercial fire alarm monitoring
          I have a customer, a pizza place that is a tenant in the building that we have been monitoring for 3 years. He paid for a while then quit, telling me to shut it off.  We did not since it’s a fire alarm.
          The owner of the building is not interested at picking up the monitoring.  There are other tenants in this strip that we provide fire alarm monitoring to and they too have stopped paying.  I have not shut any of them off because I think that i have to notify the fire marshall, the one who we were involved with when we put the fire alarm systems in.    Do most states  have this rule in place?  We are in TN.   
          There are a few guiding principles here, likely leading us to the same answer.  You’ve got:
  *  local codes and laws governing commercial fire alarm installation and monitoring which  may have adopted NFPA 72
  *  you’ve got NFPA 72 and UL
  *  custom and practice in the industry and particularly in TN
  *  you should have a Fire All in One in place
          Anyone or all of these will apply and they all will require that you notify the AHJ if you are terminating fire alarm monitoring.  I don’t know if there is any specific time for the notice or manner of notice, but it should be prior to termination of monitoring if possible.
          Seems like you have separate fire alarm systems [and customers] in the same strip center; just surprised it’s not one fire alarm monitoring the entire building.  Anyway, give the Fire Marshall a heads up that monitoring will terminate so he do his follow up. 
          I have heard of a Fire Marshall telling an alarm company that they couldn’t remove their leased fire alarm or terminate monitoring without approval from the AHJ since approval was required to install the system.  Not sure I agree with that but maybe others have had interesting experiences; let us know.

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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
Attorneys at Law
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