Short Cuts and Gadgets

Issue 7 and Volume 101.

Short Cuts and Gadgets TO POST ‘EM ON THE FIRE PHONE It is an accepted iact that the majority of fire alarms are sent over the telephone. In many areas that instrument is the only means of fire alarm communications. Notwithstanding this fact, it is one of the most unreliable facilities, for a number of reasons, which need not be reviewed here. One handicap to the use of the telephone is so common, however, that it has received universal attention of fire officers and fire communications officials. That is the tendency on the part of persons desiring to transmit an alarm of fire or otherwise communicate with the fire department, to forget the latter’s telephone number, if they ever knew it. Many and varied methods have been employed, particularly in the volunteer fire service, to familiarize telephone users with the call numbers of the respective fire departments. Some departments use…

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