Fire Alarms

Compliance with the Lake Zurich building code requires all new commercial structures and many multi-tenant buildings to install a sprinkler system and maintain a direct connect fire alarm. Businesses in existing commercial structures may also be required to install and maintain a direct connect fire alarm. Direct connect fire alarms are monitored around the clock by our Police Dispatch Center. Activated alarms are immediately identified and the appropriate response is sent to the business.

In comparison, alarms monitored by a third party alarm company, often called central station alarms, are relayed to a dispatch center along with the location of alarm by telephone. This delays a response and is therefore not permitted within Lake Zurich.

Update - New Alarm Monitoring Vendor

Tyco Securities now Johnson Controls, contract will end on December 31, 2018.  FSS Technologies will be the new alarm monitoring provider and will begin transitioning customers to their network in the 4th Quarter of 2018.

Subscriber contract information

Monthly Fees  
 Monitoring  $30
 Radio lease  $40
 Service fee for subscriber previously owned equipment that is compatible with the network  $15

We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you with any concerns about direct connect fire alarms. Contact the Lake Zurich Fire Prevention Bureau at (847) 540-5073 or via email at