False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU)
10425 Audie Ln.
La Plata, MD 20646
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
FARU Mission & Goals
To maximize public awareness of false alarm issues and their impact on our local emergency response personnel (Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services).
To develop and promote programs which will: address abuse and waste of emergency resources; reduce unnecessary safety risks posed to County emergency response personnel and citizens during false alarm responses; and reduce the numbers of false alarm dispatches within Charles County
What Is A False Alarm
Ordinance 98-48 defines a False Alarm as an Alarm Dispatch Request to the police, fire or emergency medical services where emergency responders find no evidence of medical need, criminal offense or attempted criminal offense, or, after completion of a timely investigation of the Alarm Site, the senior fire officer determines there is no evidence to support activation of the fire alarm system. This simply means that if emergency personnel respond to an alarm signal and, after investigation, find no evidence to support the alarm activation, the response personnel will designate the alarm signal as a false alarm.