Leadership

THE ROUND TABLE

Issue 4 and Volume 90.

THE ROUND TABLE For Practical Discussion of Current Fire Department and Fire Management Problems DELAYED ALARMS CAUSED BY USE OF TELEPHONE WHILE the telephone has been a boon in many fields, it has brought with it considerable complications for the Fire Department. Where the telephone is used to transmit an alarm, aside from the possible delay in getting the call through, there is the confusion that is caused when an excited person attempts to describe the location of the fire. Many humorous, but none-the-less near tragic, conditions have resulted. Calls are received with the laconic report that there is a fire, and then the phone is disconnected. A man may, in the excitement of the moment, give the address of his office, instead of his home. If the caller speaks with a foreign accent, the difficulties are greatly magnified. The problem in full that is treated in this issue appears…

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