Responding to a Fire Alarm Could Cost You

The Lufkin fire department says responding to false alarms is costly and it happens frequently.

In fact, they respond to about 30-false alarms a month, which means about four to five pieces of equipment is running to the call every time they respond to an alarm.

The Lufkin city council accepted a recommendation to amend the code of ordinances by adding an ordinance regulating "alarm systems". The ordinance would establish permit fees and call out charges, depending on the number of false alarms.

And, the ordinance would provide a penalty or fine that wouldn't exceed 2-thousand dollars.