Most fire departments won't allow this kind of setup. If there's a third party
(like a security
alarm company) involved, the third party will call your home and verify that
it's not a false
alarm before calling the fire department.
If no monitoring company is involved, the fire department would be forced to
respond to false
alarms, like when you burn toast and trigger your smoke alarm. It's a total
waste of tax
dollars if they have to respond to that kind of thing.
Two of my neighbors are firefighters and beyond being friends with them
I have way too much respect for people who choose to save lives as
their vocation to mickey mouse any kind of communication or emergency
Call your fire department and ask them how to connect to them
legitimately. It may well be possible, but asking on a world-wide
usenet forum is NOT the way to find out. Your LOCAL fire department is
going to comprise your response team. Talk to them.
Remember. These are the people running INTO the burning building you're
running OUT OF. Deal with them with respect and awe.
Go read this. Now.
Dave Balderstone wrote:
>> Rather not pay the $25 a month for 'monitoring' of my house.
> Two of my neighbors are firefighters and beyond being friends with them
> I have way too much respect for people who choose to save lives as
> their vocation to mickey mouse any kind of communication or emergency
> call system.
> Call your fire department and ask them how to connect to them
> legitimately. It may well be possible, but asking on a world-wide
> usenet forum is NOT the way to find out. Your LOCAL fire department is
> going to comprise your response team. Talk to them.
> Remember. These are the people running INTO the burning building you're
> running OUT OF. Deal with them with respect and awe.
Respect yes. Awe NO!
Master Fire Fighter / Rescuer Thomas D. Horne
Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department a cooperating agency of the
Yeah, I keep wondering if there's anything like a DNR order you
can put on a house, just tell the fire department to let the
damn thing burn. I can't do that for mine, because the
building is only 11 feet from the next house, and it would fall over
and squish it, but if I had decent clearance, that would be
the right solution for my house...
They used to have auto dialers that you could buy that dialed the fire dept,
and played a recorded message but they are outlawed in many areas due to the
Even if not outright illegal many fire departments just ignore the recorded
messages, or come out and fine you for the call if it's false.
If you have family, or a neighbor the machine can call them and then they
can phone the call in.
But if it's a false alarm, .....they can be fined.
Flashing lights and sirens on your house may get a neighbor to pick up a
phone, but again too many false alarms, and even this gets ignored.
(ever heard a car alarm go off when the owner forgets to turn it off and
opens a door? look and see how many people even care)
The monitoring may be a bargain in comparison to possible fines, and worth
the sleep you may lose if you don't have it
We have our factory and warehouse direct, but I don't know of any
residential setups like that today. Check with your local fire department
first. They will be the one deciding what you can and cannot do.
That might not be a bad idea. I'm only really interested in the fire
part, not the burglary side. I can afford to be burgled, but having the
house burn down because of an electrical fault or a mouse chewing
wires, that would be a real downer.
Anyway, I work 5 minutes away from my house, so if it is a burglar,
they better be fucking quick about it before I turn up!
Well there ARE drawbacks, but what's the basic point? You just
want to know what's going on at home.
If you REALLY spend the cash, you can get a webbased security system.
you can view your home over the internet and get updates sent to you
all sorts of different ways... Email, pages etc.
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