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Pittsfield aldermen approve penalties for false alarms


The Pittsfield City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday that will fine businesses for too many nuisance alarms.

City Clerk Cindy Prentice says the ordinance will call for a $200 service charge if the fire department receives three false alarms within a 30-day period. Subsequent false alarms that occur during that same 30-day period call for another $250.

Prentice said it has been an issue for a while, and a recent flurry of false alarms at one Pittsfield location prompted the council to take action.

The ordinance also requires any alarm testing to be reported to authorities ahead of time.

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