Leadership

Radio Key to County-Wide Dispatching in North Carolina

Issue 10 and Volume 116.

Radio Key to County-Wide Dispatching in North Carolina Unique siren monitoring system features civil defense network All photos courtesy General Electric A NEW two-way radio system that automatically sounds sirens in emergencies, monitors the siren blast to insure the alarm has been sounded, and alerts volunteer firemen for day-to-day community problems has been placed in operation in Alamance County, N. C. Coordinated by the county’s civil defense agency, it uses a new variation on a time-tested tone-alerting technique to move firemen and their equipment into action. The system consists of central headquarters, six secondary substations and a series of mobile radios. Key control point is a fire station at Burlington, N. C., which serves as central communications headquarters and is manned 24 hours a day. From a remote control unit on his desk, the dispatcher can dial a signal activating sirens individually in outlying locations. The signal goes through an…

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