What is the cost for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical to respond to all the false alarms they seem to get? At some point, do they have the ability to charge the address that continues to have the false alarms?
Fire & Medical officials have said they didn't have an estimate of the cost of responding to false alarms. They have said, however, that responding to a false alarm might slow response times to a real emergency should one occur at the same time as a false alarm. The city has an ordinance that requires fire and burglar alarms to be registered at City Hall, but it gave up enforcing it because the administrative costs for managing it became too prohibitive.