Can Operate as an Automatic Station or as a Straight Manual System—Description of the Fire Proof Building

A NEW fire alarm office has just been opened at Brockton, Mass., in an isolated building next to the central fire station. This new installation takes the place of the older office which has been in use for eighteen years. It is arranged to operate either as a purely automatic station or as a straight manual system.

An 18-circuit repeater is provided for use when the office is operating automatically and works in conjunction with fast and slow time transformer which has been in service for a number of years. The signals are sent out over the heavy gongs in the engine houses at slow time. A 4-dial transmitter is provided to enable the office to be operated manually when a number of signals are received at or about the same time.

Two Views Interior of New Brockton, Mass., Isolated Fire Alarm Headquarters.

Public alarms in the city are not used except on second alarms when they are employed to summon the off-platoon. All of the incoming signals are received on three 5-circuit registers and all out-going signals are recorded and timed on a common register. The usual charging and protective devices are provided.

The fire alarm building is 43 ft. wide and 52 ft. deep, heated by steam, and consists of two stories, with foundation of concrete, first story concrete and tapestry brick facing, and second story of hollow tile with tapestry brick facing. The first floor and roof are constructed of reinforced concrete with cast stone trimmings, the building being of fireproof construction throughout. The first floor consists of a stock room, 12 ft. 8 in. 8 x 28 ft., garage 9 ft. x 21 ft., with fireproof doors leading to the stock room, for housing fire alarm auto. The coal bin is 14 ft. 8 in. x 21 in. in dimensions and the boiler room 14 ft. 4 in. x 12 ft. 2 in. The boiler room and coal pocket are cut off by a 12 in. cement wall with an entrance from the south side. Entrance to the second floor is from the east side with iron stairs, channel stringers and pressed steel risers and threads. The second floor consists of operating room 28 ft. x 34 ft. 8 in.; battery room 23 ft. 6 in. x 14 ft. 10 in., generator room, assistant superintendent’s office 14 ft. 10 in. x 12 ft. 5 in., and hath room 7 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 8 in. The bath room has lavatory, bath tub, shower and closet finished in white enamel. The floor of the operating room is of cork tile with composition border. All doors are standard fireproof and all windows and skylights steel sash and wire glass. The bedroom on second floor 12 ft. 5 in. x 12 ft. 5 in.

The cost of building and lot was $41,000. and cost of equipment $40,000. The personnel consists of Chief William F. Daley, Superintendent Fire Alarm; John J. MacDonald, assistant superintendent fire alarm; operators. E. L. Gowell, M. E. Mason, O. W. Doten, and lineman, Aime Kirouac.

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