Alarm Bell Discontinued at Binghamton
No more will the big tower bell on the Binghamton, N. Y., central fire station ring out fire alarms. Chief C. N. Hogg by request of business men and citizens in general has discontinued it. A member of the department says: “The public don’t realize what it means to the department to have the bell cut out. It was placed there to summon the volunteer firemen. Now that the department has been placed on a paid basis the bell is no longer necessary. Every fireman is in the stations and the only signal he needs is the station gong. Since we have discontinued the bell we have had two alarms. Already we have noticed the change. Hitherto when we responded to an alarm the streets in the direction of the fire have been congested with automobiles and other vehicles, to say nothing of the hundreds of pedestrians looking to the fire, all warned by the clang of the hell. Now we can go to a fire unhampered. We do not need the police to open a path for us through the crowds. We have plenty of room and can fight a fire with freedom and concerted action unhampered by crowds curious to watch the fire.” Another effect of the change is the telephone system is not now tied up with the question, “central where’s the fire?” every time there is a blaze of any importance.