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Fire department auctioning old fire-alarm system


ASHLAND, Wis.—In the days before cell phones and sophisticated electronic alarm systems, residents here dashed to the city’s fire alarm boxes to call for help in an emergency. The relics, which sent telegrams to the fire department and triggered a series of bells, are now being sold on eBay to raise money for the department.

Boston seeks upgrade for fire alarm boxes


BOSTON – One of America’s oldest cities has some pretty old fire alarm boxes as well, and Boston is looking for proposals from vendors on how to upgrade the city’s network of 2,200 fire alarm boxes, according to a press release from the city.