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Schenectady needs to fight those false alarms

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The city of Schenectady isn't alone in having a false-alarm problem. Fire departments in this and other countries typically respond to more non-fires than actual ones. But in Schenectady, the rate of false alarms is higher than most places (four out of every five fire calls), and the fiscally distressed city has less ability to absorb the wasted cost, estimated at $1.1 million in 2012. Not all, even most, of the false alarms are done ...


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