Issue 12 and Volume 87.

CORRESPONDENCE Transmission of Alarms To the Editor: Let us consider telephone and box alarms and where each may apply. A recent magazine article argued for the use of box alarms and stated telephone alarms resulted in misdirected runs. An efficient alarm office setup and its personnel can have the same relation to the department as a good quarterback has to a football team, calling the signals and directing the offense with the proper attack by dispatching companies and covering up. With the telephone alarm the street address must be taken and not “Jones’ shoe store.” If the street name cannot be understood, ask for the next cross street corner. The telephone company will listen-in and trace your call immediately if so requested, if your fire alarm phone and some other number are similar, the company will gladly change the numbers or supply a prefix such as “Fire.” Besides, the average…

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