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    Does your town still have fire alarm boxes? There is a fire alarm discussion site on the Youngstown FD bulletin board. On the BB I would like to see a listing of towns that have fire alarm street boxes still in use. If you're town does, or if you know of a nearby city with them in use, please leave a comment on the YFD site. The bulletin board can be accessed through either of these web sites: <a href="http://youngstownfiredept.8m.com/" target="_blank">http://youngstownfiredept.8m.com/</a> and click on the YFD Message Board logo or go to: <a href="http://www.youngstownfire.com/fireindex.html" target="_blank">http://www.youngstownfire.com/fireindex.html</a> (then go to YFD message board). You do not need to be a registered member on the YFD BB to post a message. Also, if you know of a town that has removed their boxes and they are going to be sold, let us know. By the way, both of these are terrific sites about the YFD. If you just stop in for a visit, sign the guestbooks and let folks know that you have been there. Thanks!

    [ 12-18-2001: Message edited by: Steve Hagy ]</p>

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    By the way, both of these are terrific sites about the YFD. If you just stop in for a visit, sign the guestbooks and let folks know that you have been there. Thanks![/QB]
    I posted a local town on their site. Not sure if I would call them "terrific" sites since I HATE pop-up windows when I am trying to navigate a webpage!!
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    Since this forum is back up and running, I thought I would just get this topic back on top. We're still looking for information and replies regarding towns still currently using street boxes. If you look at the YFD bulletin board, there are some photo posts showing fire alarm offices and other related topics from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Take a look, and leave message!

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    No Rich, the sites are pretty terrific...you are wrong.

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    They are terrific! I just added a new post with a photo of the alarm assignments for Engine 16 in Cincinnati from the late 1800's. The assignments were painted on a wall in the company quarters. This is a beautiful photo! Check it out!

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    O.K. Dispatchers! You have to know if your town has street boxes! How about posting here or on the Fire Alarm Discussion Board on the YFD site and let us know! I've started posting the names of towns around the country that formerly had Gamewell systems on the YFD board. Even if your town had a system and it is gone, let us know what happened to the system. Are the boxes sitting in a corner somewhere waiting to be sold? Let's hear from you!!

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    Steve,

    I'm not a dispatcher but I'll jump in here...I used to belong to a Fire Department as a Volunteer that used Street Boxes up until about 5 years ago. A typical response to those alarms was... The Career Engine, Ladder, Ambulance from Station #1 along with its Volunteers in POV's and the remainder was two additional Engines and a Heavy Rescue Truck from Volunteer Stations 2,3,and 4} It got so bad with the number of false pull boxes that the city {all 3 Square Miles of it ~ Very Old City on the Delaware River across from Philadelphia} pulled the boxes off the corners. ~ The department I belong to now has no Pull/Street boxes ~ We're in a Surburban area and receive all automatic alarms through computer generated alarm systems. In the City I used to Vollie at there were times that the Street Pull Boxes were actually used for fires...From Leaf Fires to well involved structures...When the city kids started to fiqure out "Hey pull the box and the fire men come is pretty cool" well then the boxes were gone and 9-1-1 became the norm.
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    DC had street pull boxes (and master pull boxes in schools and hospitals) from the late 1800's until the late 1970's. At that time, the Gamewell street boxes were replaced with Gamewell EVC (voice boxes with telephone handsets). These were used until the early 90's with very little success (except the reduction of emergency responses). After the switch to the voice boxes, we sent single engine responses to 'no answer' alarms, but soon discontinued that policy. We then had 'on the air' units hang up the handsets on activated boxes that had no voice response.

    The old Gamewell pull boxes were sold in lots by the District government. The fate of the voice boxes is still unclear (they may still be in a warehouse somewhere).

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    Manchester, Connecticut still has street boxes. Heck we still have to count the punches on the strip of paper when the alarm comes in!!! Nothing like listening to that antique, whirr and cachunk and thump as it receives an alarm.
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    I come from Rhode Island and many depts still have them, with Providence having the most. North<br />Providence, Cranston, West Warwick, Coventry, Scituate, Cumberland, Central Falls, East Greenwich, No.Kingstown, South Kingstown, Burrilville also have Gamewell Systems in use.
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    I'm surprised to learn that so many communities still use joker tape and pull boxes. If anyone knows of a town that is replacing their system, or selling some of the old components, I would greatly appreciate an email. Thanks.

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    I'm with oldE6man! If you know of any towns that are selling off alarm equipment, let us know! By the way, the Fire Alarm discussion has been moved to a new bulletin board. No more pop up ads and an attractive new appearance.

    The bulletin board can be accessed through either of these web sites: <a href="http://youngstownfiredept.8m.com/" target="_blank">http://youngstownfiredept.8m.com/</a> and click on the YFD Message Board logo or go to: <a href="http://www.youngstownfire.com/fireindex.html" target="_blank">http://www.youngstownfire.com/fireindex.html</a><br />(then go to YFD message board, then to the General Fire Call Box discussion). You do not need to be a registered member on the YFD BB to post a message.

    Take a look, post a message, etc.

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    hey puffynpfd, <br />dont forget about us in south RI! Westerly, Watch Hill, Misquamicut, and Dunns Corner (who has to count the punch holes too) all still have street pull fire boxes. I know in at least Westerly and Watch Hill we used to have Gamewells but im not sure if we still do or not, ill check this weekend when im home, ill also see if we have any old ones we could sell.<br />lindsay

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    I have a question for you guys that are into the Gamewell boxes. I have one that I purchased in the early 1980's. It was from a small city near me here in west Michigan. Anyway, I've LOST the key to it! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> Can anyone tell me if they were a standard key and/or where (short of a locksmith making it) might I find one? The box is in excellent shape and I would like to use it for demonstrations etc. Thanks. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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    Is there a chance that you can post or email me a photo of the box? There was more than one style of key used over the years but I can get a pretty good idea which one you need if I can see the box. They are not standard keys. The more recent boxes use a safety deposit box type key. If you can get a picture, can you send me a description of what the lock and the keyhole look like?

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    The City of Poughkeepsie, NY uses Gamewell street boxes as well.
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    Sorry linzwathill, i've only been to Westerly about 5 times in my life and the last time being when I was about 9. Sorry about the oversite !
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    Arrow Photos of Fire Alarm Related Subjects

    The Message Board of the Youngstown Fire web site has a discussion concerning fire alarm systems and related items.

    Photo posts show running cards, alarm offices and other interesting items from Houston, Texas; Newark & Trenton NJ; York & Pittsburgh PA, Cincinnati & Youngstown OH, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Duluth, and others. Also, if your town has (or had) an alarm system, post a reply in the section for the appropriate state and let us know what the status of the system is! There is also a listing of flea markets and musters, firefighting topics (including information on some of the new FDNY deliveries), fire engines in the movies, fire museums, fire related books, Mahoning Valley Fire Departments, the YFD and more! Feel free to post on any of the forums!

    Below is a photo from one of the forums. This is the company crew from Gamewell installing a box in Cincinnati during the summer of 1939.
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    There are over 100 topics with hundreds of posts in the General Fire Call Box Discussion. Running cards, alarm box photos, old ads for alarm equipment, for sale & wanted ads. Take a look!

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    Just making sure that this topic is alive and well! Take a look at the YFD BB for many fire alarm related topics and discussions, we sure would like to hear from you!

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    olde6man,

    The only city I know of that actually uses the joker tape is New Bedford, MA. The cities and towns that Pufy listed still have pullboxes, but if I've got it right the tape is not used.

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    Smile More! More!

    There have been dozens of new posts concerning the topic of fire alarm boxes and alarm equipment of the YFD bullentin board. Stop in and check it out! Youngstown Fire Bulletin Board

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    The General Fire Call Box discussion has dozens on new posts and photos showing fire alarm boxes still in use, gongs, ads, etc. A terrific resource for anyone that has an interest in alarm equipment.

    The new URL to visit the site is: Youngstown Fire Message Board !

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    It's been a while since this thread was updated. The Fire Alarm Discussion currently has 231 topics with 1285 posts and hundreds of photos. Need help wiring a piece of alarm equipment or looking for parts?

    Interested in other types of fire memorabilia, apparatus or station photos? There are 1000's of photos on the Youngstown Fire Message Board. Stop in and have a look at: Youngstown Fire Message Board!

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