Leadership

With the Editor

Issue 1 and Volume 86.

With the Editor Another Argument for Fire Alarm Systems A couple of months ago more than 1,000 telephones were put out of commission in the west end of Beaumont, Texas, as a result of a fire in a small dwelling. A telephone cable strung along an alley and adjacent to this house was severed by the fire. There have always been plenty of sound arguments against depending upon the telephone for the transmission of fire alarms, but this incident illustrates in a most conspicuous manner one of the many weaknesses of telephone systems for emergency signalling. Fire alarm systems are usually installed in a much more secure manner and as a result, fire alarm circuits rarely go out of commission. The loss of time in transmitting an alarm under such conditions as those resulting from the fire at Beaumont, should the telephone be depended upon alone, can easily be imagined.…

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