Re: Tie Lines was Re: Foreign Exchange (FX) Lines Still in Use?

For street fire alarms, the city used call boxes. When the lever was

> pulled, a clockwork would generate a coded signal denoting the > firebox. These were removed a few years ago. As kids, we were taught > to know where the nearest callbox was to our homes and to wait there > to direct the arriving firemen to the fire. They date from a time > people didn't have phones or speak English, and lasted a lot longer > than they needed to given universal telephone service.

A local firefighter told me Athens, Georgia, removed its call boxes a few years ago because they were getting almost nothing but false alarms. This is probably a nationwide problem.

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