Jacksonville Opens New Alarm System

Jacksonville Opens New Alarm System

Fire alarm equipment of Jacksonville, Fla., which was previously located in an obscure corner on the second floor of Central Fire Station at the corner of Ocean and Adams Streets has now been moved to the new Fire Alarm Headquarters building at First and Laura Streets.

Construction of the new headquarters on the site isolated from the central downtown area was decided upon by the City Commission in recognition of insistance of the engineers of the National Board of Fire Insurance Underwriters. The new building conforms to the demands of the engineers both to location and fireproof qualities.

Located at the southwest corner of First and Laura Streets, the structure is an example of the tendency of a growing city to install fire and police alarm apparatus in buildings that are not only practical for the operation of such systems, but are also distinct architectural additions to their surroundings.

The old location in Central Fire Station has been for many years considered by fire insurance underwriters a hazardous one for the alarm system, because should a fire break out in the locality and the system be destroyed, the city would be absolutely without fire protection.

Fred M. Valz, Commissioner of Public Safety and Finance, is given much of the credit for this improvement. It was through his co-operation with the Geo. P. Allen, Chief of the Signal Bureau, who worked out the details of the project in conjunction with H. R. MacMillan, Chief of the Fire Department, that the new building was constructed.

The building is approximately fifty by thirty-five feet in dimensions. It is one story in height with a basement under the entire building. The basement is used for battery room, workshop and similar purposes, while the first floor is one large room with ample space for signal apparatus and like uses. The building was planned so as to provide space for additional signal apparatus for many years to come.

The present system consists of the following Gamewell apparatus and equipment: two twelve-circuit, automatic storage battery charging boards; one twenty-four-circuit protector and repeater control switchboard; two eight-circuit motor wound automatic repeaters; seven hundred six ampere hours, storage battery cells; one, 250-volt, 6 K-W shunt wound, D-C generator, direct connected to a 10 H-P, 220-volt, 60-cycle, three phase motor; one power panel for controlling generator output.

At the present time Jacksonville’s fire alarm system is entirely automatic. The regulations set forth by the National Board of Fire Underwriters require all cities having more than six-hundred alarms per year to have manual fire alarm systems with two operators constantly on duty to receive the alarms and transmit them to the particular engine houses from which apparatus is to respond.

Upper, New Fire Alarm Headquarters of Jacksonville, Fla.Lower, an Interior View of the Building

Jacksonville had twelve-hundred and forty-five alarms during last year. Plans are now being made to improve the fire alarm system next year by the installation of some additional apparatus at headquarters. The cost of the building is $16,000.

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