Issue 4 and Volume 22.

THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM OF PHILADELPHIA. Philadelphia’s fire alarm system might well be copied right here in New York where the system is very far behind that of the Quaker City. There the authorities, recognizing the importance of the system as a safeguard to the lives and properties of citizens, have the circuits tested every half hour. while the gong instruments in the engines are repeatedly and carefully gone over and kept in repair. Few complaints of a failure to receive an alarm are entered and, when received, they are immediately looked after and remedied. The instruments are also frequently examined and tested. These were at one time all included on 20 circuit; and as many of them were being overloaded, it was determined to increase the number to thirty circuits, dividing the number of boxes between them. Even this, however, will hardly suffice, as it is desired to have…

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