Barry Wants Fire Alarm Boxes Removed

Issue 18 and Volume 83.

Barry Wants Fire Alarm Boxes Removed Two youths with a perverted sense of humor and an abnormal amount of time to idle away, decided to give the Cleveland Fire Department a thorough airing. They did. Twenty false alarms were turned in as the boys drove around various parts of the city. Safety Director Edwin D. Barry became very much excited over the amount of running around of the apparatus and men. He proposed to abolish all fire alarm boxes in the city streets. According to Mr. Barry, sixty per cent of the city’s fires are reported by telephone so that it would not be a great hardship to Cleveland to have the boxes removed. But this suggestion started a storm of protest in which the Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Association of Building Owners and Managers, the Cleveland Real Estate Board and the Ohio Inspection Bureau played important parts. The…

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