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Where theres an alarm, there could be a fire

Where there`s an alarm, there could be a fireRudy RinasCaptainChicago (IL) Fire DepartmentThis is in response to Gordon Wren, Jr.`s request for information on the procedure for fire alarm activations (Letters to the Editor, March 1997). I know of no set, written procedure in this area because the problem is complex. I can, however, present the following real-life scenarios that illustrate the dilemma we all face at incidents involving automatic fire alarms. As a member of the Chicago (IL) Fire Department, I have spent some time downtown in the high-rise section. Automatic alarm calls are constant due to alarm malfunctions and occupants` actions. No one but an officer who responds to an a...

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