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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 14, 1966 — Bu­l­awayo fire sta­tion will soon have a large and com­pre­hen­sive con­trol panel em­body­ing all present au­to­matic alarms, with pro­vi­sions for half as many more. The panel will also con­tain the sta­tion’s com­plete net­work of tele­phone con­trols, the Fire Chief, Mr Thomas Clifton, said yes­ter­day.

The new con­sole is be­ing made by staff from the City Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer’s Depart­ment. The present alarm sys­tem at the fire sta­tion con­sists of four switch­boards which reg­is­ter au­to­matic fire alarms from 17 fac­to­ries and pub­lic build­ings in Bu­l­awayo linked to the fire sta­tion by this time-sav­ing de­vice.

The sys­tem was in­tro­duced about seven years ago af­ter a sug­ges­tion by Mr. Clifton.” Most of the 17 alarms op­er­ate through fire sprin­kler net­works. When flames or ex­ces­sive heat start the sprin­klers, a spe­cial valve flashes a land­line sig­nal to the fire sta­tion’s watch room switch board.

Said Mr Clifton:” Water some­times causes as much dam­age as fire and the Na­tional Mu­seum and some mu­nic­i­pal have au­to­matic alarms with­out sprin­kler sys­tems”.

The au­to­matic alarm not only cuts out de­lay, but “min­imises human er­ror and panic”.

Adds Mr Clifton: “A bell rings, a light flashes, and off go the fire en­gines rac­ing straight for the ad­dress in­di­cated on the fours switch­boards.

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