A. D. T. Fire Alarm System Cast Out by Newark
After expressing the belief that the private fire alarm system of the American District Telegraph Company is unreliable, the board of fire commissioners of Newark, N. J., has decided to sever its connections with that system. It was stated that out of 96 alarms sent in by the A. D. T. in a given period. 25 were false. The Newark department installs private boxes in factories and stores for $100 each, connecting directly with fire headquarters. The A. D. T. system has boxes and auxiliary connections in factories, which may be placed in any part of the plant. Alarms arc first sent in to the company’s central station and relayed to fire headquarters by code. The operator at headquarters has to translate this code and then ring the city box nearest to the location of the fire. The salvage corps gets an alarm from the A. D. T. before it is received at headquarters, with the result that the salvage apparatus is on the way to a fire before that of the fire department. “The Gamewell system, in use by the fire department,” Commissioner Stratton said, “was the only one which could be relied upon, and when representatives of the A. D. T. told business men that its system was better than the city’s it was time that the facts of the case should be known.” He pointed out the danger arising from false alarms being sent in by a private company, by which apparatus would be sent out on a useless and expensive errand at times when its services might be needed in fighting a fire in the congested district.