What Regulations Are There for Fire Alarm Monitoring?

August 28, 2021

Fire alarm monitoring has the ability to prevent the devastating effects of fire on a business, its site, employees and visitors. By identifying fires and providing a rapid response, as well as reducing false alarms, fire alarm monitoring can be a worthwhile investment that’s cost and time effective, whilst providing an increased level of safety to the end-user. 

However, when choosing a fire alarm monitoring provider, it can be hard to know what to look out for. Certain regulations have been put in place to make sure providers are operating at a sufficient quality level. Keep reading to discover why they’re important and which regulations are there for fire alarm monitoring to look out for. 

Importance of Regulation in Fire Alarm Monitoring 

Regulations have an important role in fire alarm monitoring. They ensure that the service is being carried out to a high standard and that the end-user receives a safe and satisfactory service. Regulations in fire alarm monitoring hold specifications of the recommended procedures, quality of output, terminology and more, when delivering a fire alarm monitoring service. 

What are the Regulations? 

BS 5979 Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems

The BS 5979 is a standard set out by the BSI which sets out the codes of practice and standards for remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems, which covers fire alarm monitoring. The BSI is the UK’s national standards body (NSB). They aim to improve the quality and safety of products, services and systems by creating sets of standards and encouraging their use across various industries. 

NSI (National Security Inspectorate) 

The NSI is a regulation body for security and fire safety industries. Fire alarm monitoring providers which are NSI accredited have proved that they are of a high standard as set by the NSI, who work alongside insurance companies and the emergency services. Having an NSI accreditation is a well-known hallmark of excellence in the industry and therefore it is advised to seek a monitoring provider that has this certification to ensure you receive a high-quality service in line with the latest standards. 

Did you know, at RMS we are NSI approved and certified! 

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

The NFCC is the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue service. They provide advice and support for all those within the industry, including fire alarm monitoring providers. The NFCC work towards driving improvements and further developments within the fire safety industry.

In order for fire alarm monitoring providers to continuously provide the very best service and results, it’s important that the industry is regulated to a high level. At RMS, we follow all the latest fire safety guidelines and ensure we are delivering world-class service in line with the most stringent and latest industry standard. 


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