Portsmouth’s Ingenious Fire Alarm System

“I. Richman, the efficient chairman of the Fire Department, has the boys and horses out for a drill three times per day. Under his management a complete system has been established. Engineer White completed an improvement this week to the automatic electrical mechanism for the telephonic fire alarm, which will simultaneously ring the numbers in the Exchange, Water Works, Engine House, the Court House and in all the fire boxes. It will also strike twelve on the Court House bell at noon every day. It is an ingenious, and will prove a useful addition to the fire alarm system.”1

  1. (1882, October 28). Portsmouth Times, p. 2.
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