Leadership

Electronic Alerting Increases Response and Cuts Costs

Issue 11 and Volume 117.

Electronic Alerting Increases Response and Cuts Costs —photo courtesy Inland Electronics Corp. WHEN the St. Charles, Ill., Fire Department relied completely on outdoor public alarms to alert volunteer personnel, they were often faced with a limited turnout. “Sometimes, it was only a 20 percent response,” said Chief Arthur Van Leirsburg. This was a major problem for the township fire protection district, one of the largest in northern Illinois. Chief Van Leirsburg investigated various types of alerting systems. He liked the potential advantages of an electronic alerting system and had receivers placed in the homes of his paid and volunteer personnel. A standard four-channel encoder was installed at the central radio dispatching station. Response to fire calls jumped to 100 percent after the electronic alerting system went into operation. Again, the chief was faced with a problem. His department is comprised of three paid members besides himself and 19 callmen. A…

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