GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — The Wade Hampton Fire Department is asking officials here to adopt a new ordinance that will fine residents for false fire alarms.
Firefighters in Greenville County say the respond to multiple false alarms a night, sometimes responding to the same home or business various times in just a few hours, WYFF4.com reports.
The false alarms are draining the department of its time and resources, as each call takes three engine crews, a ladder crew, a rescue crew and a command crew.
If county officials approve a new ordinance, it would allow a person to have three false alarms in a three-month span. After that, fines range from $50-$500, depending on how many times the alarm goes off.