Alarm Console Handles Radio, Telegraph Boxes
A central communications console compatible with both telegraph and radio-code fire alarm systems has been installed in the Stamford, Conn., Fire Department communications center in its new headquarters station.
The new central system—the first of its kind to be installed in New England—combines in a single console both the existing wired-box communications network and the new, wireless, radio-code system.
Chief Charles R. McRedmond of Stamford said, “We selected the new radio-code method to complement our existing telegraph system so that we can reach areas where the telegraph system is unavailable. Also, we plan to use many of the new radio boxes in the city’s new high-rise apartment complexes.”
Expandable and economical
Hawley C. Oefinger, superintendent of communications, added, “We were looking for an expandable system which eliminated cable-related problems. Our basic plan is to use the radio boxes in small concentrated areas where the installation of telegraphic equipment is economically unfeasible. This improved system allows us to use in conjunction both telegraph and radio while minimizing our cable maintenance and replacement.”
The expanded fire alarm system, manufactured by Gamewell, a Gulf + Western Systems Company, comprises up-to-date telegraphic and receiving equipment, operator’s console, and dispatchers equipment. Thirty emergency reporting radio boxes are presently being placed into service in this city of 110,000.
W. Ben Flanigin, vice-president and general manager of Gamewell, said, “The compatibility of Gamewell’s fire alarm systems has enabled Stamford to economically modernize and upgrade its emergency communications.
“The merging of both telegraph and radio allows cities the building-block concept of expanding emergency communications to meet newly expanded borders, new residential and shopping center complexes, and areas where the installation or extension facilities of cable is impractical or too costly.”
The radio-code boxes transmit a test signal, report on battery condition, and send a tamper-knockdown signal.
In addition to the new communications console, Stamford’s communications center also has direct communications with the five volunteer fire departments in the northern part of the city, a teletype system connecting the three other Stamford fire stations, twin telephone switchboard consoles, twin tape recording systems for recording all incoming and outgoing messages, a two-way radio system to all department vehicles, a closed circuit television monitoring system for door surveillance, and vehicle status panel and map with remote panels in both the chief’s and the deputy chief’s offices. □ □