According to the
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Fire and Rescue Victoria ("FRV") a false alarm (nuisance alarm) is;
A false alarm occurs when the MFB attends an incident to find there is no emergency and there is no need for their fire fighting skills or other expertise. Most automatic fire alarm systems are a legal requirement, or have been installed to provide fire safety, and it is essential they operate efficiently at all times.
In this document we have prepared (and continue to add) information that helps building owners, agents of owners and occupiers on the common causes of nuisance alarms and methods to eliminate the root cause.
False alarms, also known as nuisance alarms are generated by fire protection systems including Fire Alarms and Fire Sprinkler Systems. They are generally automatically initiated by smoke, heat detectors, fire detectors, flow switches and pressure switches, however they may also be occur through intentional or accidental causes.