ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Rockford Fire Department wants to replace an alarm monitoring system, which would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The department says the alarm system, which monitors roughly 100 buildings in Rockford for fire emergencies, is more than 35 years old. It recently had an equipment failure. The department couldn’t find replacement parts and a temporary repair was done. But the fire chief says it needs a long term fix with new equipment, which is expected to cost about $200,000.
“Each business had to have their own representation,” said Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. “So they pay us a service to monitor their alarm. So we weren’t able to monitor their alarm for that time period. So that’s why we want to make sure we get a system that’s updated and it’s going to be reliable.”
The money to replace the equipment will come out of the fire department’s budget.