Why did I receive an invoice for a fire or medical alarm response?

Beginning on January 1st each year, Clackamas Fire District #1 tracks false alarm responses by business or residential address. Warning letters are generally sent prior to an invoice and the date of warning letter mailing is available. Beginning on the fourth false alarm response in a calendar year, responses are eligible for invoicing. Prior to invoicing, alarm responses are reviewed to confirm the alarm was not a real fire. Smoke from cooking or a toaster is not a real fire. Responses are counted toward the annual total if emergency response crews begin a response to your location as every response requires staff time to complete a report.