131 false fire alarms in year at Romford hospital

Romford’s Queen’s Hospital is one of the worse hospitals for false alarms to the London Fire Brigade, according to latest figures.

The figures from the London Fire Brigade show that firefighters were called out 131 times to false alarms at the hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford last year.

Chris Dew, London Fire Brigade’s Borough Commander for Havering said: “We can’t keep sending our crews to non existent fires, particularly when a little extra care and attention from the ownrs or managers of a building could solve this problem.”

The figures, were revealed as part of a figures released by the Brigade about the number of false alarms crews were called out.

The figures show that Hospitals are the biggest culpritS.


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The Brigade produced a top ten list of the worse hospitals for false alarms and Queen’s Hospital came sixth.

The worst hospital for false alarms was St George’s Hospital and its surrounding buildings in Tooting, which had 169 false alarms last year, around one every other day.

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All of the top ten hospitals accounted for 1,189 false alarms to the Brigade last year, more than three a day.

Chris said: “This is about the Brigade being able to do the job people expect it to -attend real emergencies.

“The management of these alarm systems must improve so that our crews are now sent to needless call outs.”

Overall firefighters in Havering atttended three false alarms every day last year.

A fire engine was called to 1,081 false alarms last year in the borough, costing an estimated �920,000.

In London a fire engine was called every 12 minutes to a false alarm and the Government estimates that they cost the UK around �1billion a year.

Over a third of all emergency calls are to false alarms, with 40,839 attended last year.

Of these over 27,000 call outs were to commercial or public buildings and mainly due to faulty or badly maintained automatic alarm systems.

The Recorder contacted Queen’s about a response, but they didn’t get back to us in time for this week’s paper

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