Calgary City Council to Vote Whether to Eliminate Central Stations


A closed-session City Council meeting will decide whether
to eliminate Calgary private central station monitoring
facilities in favor of local fire department alarm
monitoring May 3. Under the Calgary Fire
Department’s “Direct Protect” policy, a new monitoring
service will directly notify 911 of smoke or fire at
monitored homes or buildings in an effort to reduce
response time.

According to the Canadian Security Association (CANASA),
the Calgary Fire Department (CFG) claims most private
monitoring stations expressed interest in a “partnership
arrangement,” although details of such an arrangement were
not made available to CANASA.

CANASA representatives participated in a conference call
with CFD representatives on April 29, where the association
surmised that CFD intends to become a third party
monitoring station to ULC-Listed companies.

Costs of services have yet to be determined, but the CFD
claimed an earlier approximation of $15 a month for
residential systems and $35 for commercial systems was
overestimated, CANASA said.

Earlier, the organization attempted to arrange an
informational meeting between its president and Calgary
Fire Department representatives, but a time could not be
secured until May 6, CANASA said.

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