Firefighters are blazing a trail in the bid to reduce the high number of false alarms.
The appointment of an “unwanted fire alarm champion” has resulted in a remarkable fall in the rate of unnecessary call-outs, particularly in hospitals.
Now fire chiefs across Scotland are studying the practice, adopted last year, with a view to following the Fife lead.
The champion contacts those responsible for each unwanted fire signal to discuss the activation and come up with strategies to reduce or eliminate further incidents.
The move has seen unwanted call-outs to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital alone fall by almost a third in the first quarter of this year.
The region’s hospitals account for 19% of all false alarms due to the sensitivity of the alarm systems.
Kirkcaldy fire station manager Steven Thomson said: “The strategy, along with a number of others, has seen the numbers of unwanted fire alarm signals (UFAS) decrease significantly for the first time in five years.”
There were 256 unwanted alarm signals in the Kirkcaldy area in 2017-18, compared with 283 the previous year.
Mr Thomson said: “As soon as we get a number of false alarms to a premises we contact them to work to either change or alter the fire alarm system or replace the smoke detector with a heat detector. The results are remarkable.”