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street fire alarm box

street fire alarm boxes

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Weatherproof box equipped with a press button or switch to alert the nearest fire station. May incorporate a signalling system that transmits a code number indicating which alarm on the circuit has been activated. Other versions incorporate a loud-speaking telephone system. The alarm box may be mounted on a cast-iron pedestal (see fire alarm pillar) or may be attached to walls, lamp or tramway standards.


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