The Spread

Urbana Fire Department 101: Things you should know about the department and firefighters (Part 2)

Drills

Drills are necessary for firefighters at Urbana Fire Department. They train every week.

Captain Joel Neal
Captain Joel Neal

Gamewell

I’ve never noticed the game well system in our university’s facility buildings. According to the Fire Prevention Officer of City of Urbana Fire Rescue Services, Jeremy Leevey, a significant number of University building are equipped with Gamewell system.

The one that the on-campus Urbana Fire Department division is using is a kind of early fire alarm call box. Leevey explained how this old, but very functional system works. The Gamewell delivers a signal onto the telegraph wire (the paper with the triangle dots in the following photo). This series of dots indicates the box number of the building where the fire alarm is activated. Then fire fighters then will know slightly in advance before 911 dispatch them.

game well 1

Here is an example to see where the fire alarm is on: There are 4 sets of dots on the paper, two dots, five dots, five dots and four dots respectively.

game well 2

Then refer to the brochure with the list of the buildings like this:

The number of Davenport Hall (at the end of the list) is 2554, which is the number indicated on the wire. Then we know the most the fire alarm at Davenport Hall has been activated.

game well 3

The number of Davenport Hall (at the end of the list) is 2554, which is the number indicated on the wire. Then, we know the most the fire alarm at Davenport Hall has been activated.

Just Part-time Job

The majority of the fire fighters at Urbana Fire Department have other jobs other than as a fire fighter. Their jobs range from farmer, wood worker, salesman or husband.

© 2014 Xuanyan Ouyang: Usage of Article and Photos Prohibited without Consent of The Author

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