New Study Reports Fire Response Time Savings With e-DTF


Early indicators from a new study by fire prevention officials show that firefighters can get to the scene of an alarm as much as two minutes faster due to a new protocol known as e-DTF or electronic direct to the fire department notification.

With e-DTF, a fire signal is transmitted electronically to the fire department’s computer dispatch system as it simultaneously reaches an alarm monitoring station.

The current application of e-DTF is OPEN ACCESS(tm) provided by Fire Monitoring Technologies Int’l Inc. (FMTI), an E-based fire response technology supplier. The application can be used by UL/ULC-Listed alarm monitoring stations.

The tests were taken at properties required to be monitored for fire in accordance with building and fire code regulations. Some of the premises include a mix of schools, hospitals, large apartment buildings and some commercial facilities.

The study was conducted during the winter months in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Fire prevention authorities and Leber Rubes Inc., a fire engineering consulting firm, conducted the tests. The Insurers’ Advisory Organization (IAO) audited the study.

“These results have tremendous implications for property managers and builders as well as insurers,” says Jim Asselstine, president and CEO of Fire Monitoring. “We’re pleased that these preliminary results are fully consistent with a similar study undertaken in Ottawa. Anything that reduces the risk of life loss and property damage should be given the highest consideration.”

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