FALSE ALARM

The Compass - - NEWS -

— When the fire alarm sounded on the eighth floor of Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal July 9, the town’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment was on scene within min­utes. Four of the eight re­spon­ders fol­lowed pro­to­col and took the stairs to the po­ten­tial fire. When they ar­rived in the com­puter room — the ini­tial alarm site — there was no smoke or fire. There was also no in­di­ca­tion to why the alarm went off, but some hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees said they be­lieved some­one was sol­der­ing nearby and the smoke set off the alarm. Of­fi­cials with Eastern Health con­firmed the alarm and said it is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Eastern Health also apol­o­gized for any in­con­ve­nience the alarm may have caused. Even though it was a false alarm, some lo­cals were very im­pressed with the fire depart­ment’s prompt re­sponse. Most of the re­spon­ders had left their jobs in or­der to an­swer the call and ar­rived very quickly. Those on the ground pre­par­ing for a po­ten­tial fire were, from left, Jeff Squibb, Steve Bur­den, Trevor Snow and Don Earle.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins

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