The New “Peerless” Fire Alarm Box
The new “Peerless” fire alarm box, patents applied for, which has recently been placed on the market by the Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company, is the result of over sixty years of practical, continuous experience and is the latest and best fire alarm box placed be fore the public by this old established and widely known company. Particular attention has been given to insure its working in harmony with earlier standards of fire alarm boxes. Already the new “Peerless” box has been purchased by cities in various sections of the list of cities that have purchased it including Bayonne, N. J., Danville, Va., Danvers, Mass., Elmira, N. Y., private plant; Jackson ville, Fla., Manila, P. I., New Bedford, Mass., Phoenixville, Pa., Harrisburg, Pa., Gardner, Mass., Nashua, N. H., Franklin, Pa., Camden, N. J., Denver, Colo., Reading, Pa., Lynchburg, Va., Hartford, Conn., Arctic, R. I., Hingham, Mass., Honolulu, H. I., East St. Louis, Ill., Pottsville, Pa., Roanoke, Va., N. & W. R. R.; Scranton, Pa., private; Springfield, Mass., Watertown, N. Y., Youngstown, O., private plant; Mt. Vernon, N. Y., Columbia, S. C., Springfield, Mass., Wilkinsburg, Pa., Uniontown, Pa., Watertown, N. Y., private plant; Brookline, Mass., Framingham, Mass., Newport, R. I., New Haven, Conn., Winchester, Mass., Atlantic City, N. J., Houston, Texas. In the Gamewell company’s literature relative to the new “Peerless” box is the following regarding the essentials—reliability, speed, protection and simplicity—which are embodied to a marked extent in the new box: Reliability In designing any fire alarm signaling box reliability should be the first consideration. All other claims of superiority sink into utter insignificance if reliability is lacking. Speed The second place in importance should be given to speed; in transmitting an alarm an uninterrupted path for the signal and quick operation of the mechanism is of prime importance. Until the signal has been correctly transmitted and received the entire organization of the department is at a standstill and is unavailable for the important mission on which it is sent by the reliable and quick working of the signal box. Protection—As protection to life and property from loss by fire is gained by the operations of the entire department it is evident that the signaling box, which is the nerve center and active principle of the organization, should itself be protected from disablement by the elements, abnormal currents, or conditions incidental to practical use. Simplicity—Simplicity of construction and design consistent with the accomplishment of those important functions which are the proper pro vince of a modern, up-to-date box, is desirable from a standpoint of both maintenance and operation.