Computer Skill Tapped To Cut Waiting for Bell

Issue 6 and Volume 124.

Computer Skill Tapped To Cut Waiting for Bell DEPARTMENTS Bells, Buffs and Blazes It used to be that fire buffing was a catch-as-catch-can thing. Buffs took their chances, much like a fisherman. However, Boston Sparks Association’s Charles Pike put his computer to work and came up with a predictability chart. Pike analyzed Sparks member A1 Bowers’ 1970 Boston Fire Department statistics as reported in a recent issue of the club’s newsletter and his computer printout was as follows: The busiest 2-hour period of the day for fires is from midnight to 2 a.m. The next busiest period is from 4 to 6 p.m., with activity almost as high as the post-midnight hours. In general, the period between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. produces most of the major fires as well as most fires. “Go home after 3 a.m.,” the computer advises, “since the rest of the day until late afternoon…

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