Improved Fire Alarm System Urged for Massillon
Chief Burkle, of Massillon, Ohio, has recommended that the city take steps to improve its fire alarm system by installing more modem equipment, dividing the present system into more circuits and that the wires be placed underground wherever possible. These recommendations were made in Chief Burkle’s annual report to Safety Director F. W. Justus. The present fire alarm system includes 44 boxes and about 21 miles of wire. These are divided into three circuits with circuits two and three covering a large territory in the factory districts. Chief Burkle, in his report urges an inner loop so that there would be a box on one circuit if the other was impaired. He also recommends that a repeater be installed to automatically cut out a damaged circuit and keep the other circuits in working order until such time as the trouble was located. There are at present 18 boxes of the old type in the system, the report says, and these should be rebuilt as the latest positive non-interfering style, which would enable two boxes on the same circuit if pulled in at the same time to register an alarm. Under present conditions the box first pulled registers while the other does not. Chief Burke also recommends that the boxes be speeded up so the alarm could be received in a few’ seconds and then be automatically repeated on the large bells. Since the fire apparatus is completely motorized, the. firemen at times have to wait until the bell has tapped before they know where the fire is, especially if it is a long number. The ideal outside construction, the report says, would be underground cables, but as this would be too expensive for the entire system, it should be done wherever possible. The wires could be put underground in the downtown district because space has been provided in the conduits of the telephone companies, the report says. Plans and estimates for improving the present fire and police alarm systems have been received by the council but as yet no action has been taken authorizing the improvement.