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Pennsylvania town looks to replace old fire alarms

Pennsylvania town looks to replace old fire alarms

EMMAUS, Pa.—The city council in this Philadelphia suburb wants to do away with its 60-year-old Gamewell fire alarm system, according to a report from the East Penn News.

The antiquated system, installed in 1953 and still connected to seven buildings, costs the town $455 a month to run. While the fire boxes run on an independent power supply and tend to keep working even when power outages occur, a recent study recommended that the houses get rid of the boxes and replace them with a modern private system.

Owners of the buildings in which the system is installed pay Emmaus $400 per year for the service, bringing in only $2,800 per year — far short of the $5,460 it costs to run the system.


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