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Old 04-04-2009 - Potential Death Trap - Fire Marshals - Voltage Talk forum
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Question Potential Death Trap

I was wondering if anyone has heard/knows anything about these alarm systems which have two way communications with the monitoring station.

A few weeks ago we had a fire in a residence which spread very fast from the garage into the attic and when the F/D arrived on scene one person could not be accounted for, so the F/D initiated a search of the burning house.
Here is what happened; The F/D goes into thick black smoke (no visibility) trying to find any victims. As they enter they hear someone, "Hello, Hello, and try to locate the voice. Well they found the source and it was the monitoring company speaking Thru the keypad/controller. I was told by the F/D that they thought someone was in need of help, naturally under the circumstances so would I. They had put themselves into a dangerous situation and this incident made it worse! Apparently the monitoring company never identified themselves.

Is there any codes in effect to prevent this from happening or do the monitoring companies have a protocol for this scenario?
Is this not really a problem, just an isolated case?

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Old 12-26-2014 - Potential Death Trap - Fire Marshals - Voltage Talk forum
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It's all fine per NFPA 72 but remember that NFPA 72 is more of an installation manual for fire alarm systems than anything else. To determine where and when certain protection devices are required, you need to look at your local or state fire or building code.
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