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Bexley false fire alarms cost London Fire Brigade £720,000
FALSE fire alarms in Bexley cost the London Fire Brigade more than £720,000 last year.
Figures released this week show there were 851 false alarms across the borough in 2011, working out at two each day.
Across the capital, a fire engine was called to a false alarm every 12 minutes and nationwide more than a third of call outs were false alarms last year.
Bexley fire brigade borough commander Cyril O’Brien said: “We can’t keep sending our crews out to non-existent fires, particularly when a little extra care and attention from the owners or managers of buildings could solve this problem.
“This is about the brigade being able to do the job people expect it to – attend real emergencies.
“The management of these alarm systems must improve so that our crews are not sent to needless call outs.”