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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When a fire alarm goes off, or someone dials 911, first responders drop everything and go. But an increasing number of false alarms are sending volunteer fire fighters and Sheriff’s deputies out on calls that turn out to be nothing.

There have been situations where  deputies have run more than 24 false alarms to the same location in the span of only 48 hours. First responders say it is a growing problem that distracts deputies and volunteer fire fighters when there are people who could truly be in need.

In 2013, Madison County Sheriff`s deputies responded to 1,104 false alarms.

“Anyone can have a false alarm, that’s okay,” said volunteer firefighter and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong. “But when someone’s having 5, 10 , 15 false alarms per week there`s something wrong with their system. Our problem is not with people who have alarms, it’s…

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