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Is there a fee for a 911 call (fire dept.)?

I live in Scarborough and for the first time since I bought our house in 2003, I had to call 911 as 2 of our carbon monoxide detectors were going off. One fire truck came with a driver and 3 other guys. They inspected the house and determined all was safe - he couldn't account for the detectors going off other than perhaps being faulty. Total duration of the visit was less than 10 minutes.

Will I be getting a bill in the mail from Fire Services for this call? If so, how much will it be?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

PS. Yes, I did try and call the Fire Service head office general enquiry number and our Scarborough Fire Service Command Office but they were closed until the morning (also tried call 311 Toronto - they didn't know).
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valeriey wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 7:26 pm
no charge for 911 response
Thanks for your prompt reply.

I see you are in Nova Scotia (great province!) but perhaps it's different in Ontario?

PS. I was born/raised in Halifax! :)
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On Feb 28 I was involved in an accident where I ended up calling 911 for the other driver(who was at fault). I was told by the first responders that there are no fees/charges when a person has to call 911.
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bluenoser23 wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 7:29 pm
Thanks for your prompt reply.

I see you are in Nova Scotia (great province!) but perhaps it's different in Ontario?

PS. I was born/raised in Halifax! :)

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If the FD is called to an apartment, home, church etc, and it's found to be false, then a $300 fee can be levied and sent via mail.
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It should be free. Not sure if they charge you for false alarm incidents.
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_Allan_ wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 8:26 pm
If the FD is called to an apartment, home, church etc, and it's found to be false, then a $300 fee can be levied and sent via mail.

That was my understanding for the GTA. IIRC, didn't they also do something (even higher fines) with false alarms around security systems as well because they've become such a nuisance?
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valeriey wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 7:39 pm
On Feb 28 I was involved in an accident where I ended up calling 911 for the other driver(who was at fault). I was told by the first responders that there are no fees/charges when a person has to call 911.

There is a fee if you need to take a ride in an Ambulance. In Ontario it's $45($240 if you are not covered by OHIP or the doctor deems the Ambulance medically unnecessary).

There is no fee for a police or fire call. I have had to call them for Carbon Monoxide detectors once before as well. Kind of crazy seeing those trucks come rushing to your house with the sirens on. I bet that the wide use of Carbon Monoxide detectors is viewed as a bit of a mixed blessing by the fire fighters. I doubt that they relish coming out to deal with all the false alarms.
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Apr 5th, 2011 8:35 pm
That was my understanding for the GTA. IIRC, didn't they also do something (even higher fines) with false alarms around security systems as well because they've become such a nuisance?

Apparently $350 per truck dispatched on a false alarm. I guess you need to make sure you keep your alarm system in check.

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$350/truck on the SUBSEQUENT FALSE ALARM (2nd and on)
Item 26 of Schedule A (Fee Schedule for Fire Services/Inspections) to § 441-1.1 of the
Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees, be amended by deleting the word “third” and
replacing it with the word “second”, resulting in a decrease in the number of occurrences
prior to the imposition of fees, to read as follows:
“26. Second and subsequent malicious false alarms, for same address,
per year, per fire vehicle dispatched” $350

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bylaws/2006/law0281.pdf
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bluenoser23 wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 7:23 pm
I live in Scarborough and for the first time since I bought our house in 2003, I had to call 911 as 2 of our carbon monoxide detectors were going off.
Weird that 2 of them would go off together. How old are the detectors? If you buy a new one in stores now, they're marked with a lifespan of 5-7 years.

I'm assuming the FD had their own CO detector to check things out...?
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My co 2 alarm goes off when it gets dusty. I called the FD the first time it happened now I just vaccum it.
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nano wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 11:19 pm
my co 2 alarm goes off when it gets dusty. I called the fd the first time it happened now i just vaccum it.

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nano wrote:
Apr 5th, 2011 11:19 pm
My co 2 alarm goes off when it gets dusty. I called the FD the first time it happened now I just vaccum it.

guess its safe as long as your not feeling all woozy while vacuuming lol.
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