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Auxiliary Fire Alarm Systems

Introduction

Auxiliary Station Systems

Prior to the advent of the modern electronics in the fire alarm business, many municipalities maintained their own circuits over which they transmitted fire alarm signals from protected premises. The municipality maintained and operated the circuits The auxiliary station fire alarm system exists in the building. It is the protected premises fire alarm system connected through specific fire alarm box equipment and hardware to the public fire alarm reporting system. The public fire alarm reporting system is also called the municipal fire alarm system and uses alarm initiating devices, receiving equipment and the circuits. In essence, the fire alarm box is the initiating device, connecting to the fire alarm circuits, operated by the municipality. Also connected to the public circuit, there will be manually operated fire alarm boxes, mounted in specific locations around the community. These are in place so that a person has the opportunity to summon the fire department to the specific location. These are truly manual fire alarm boxes, known as publicly accessible fire alarm boxes. and connected “fire alarm boxes” to these circuits. This type of system is an auxiliary station fire alarm system.
For many years, this type of system may have been all that was available to the occupants and businesses in a city. The auxiliary stationTechnically, the auxiliary station fire alarm system is the system inside the building, to the point of connection of the fire alarm box to the public circuits. fire alarm system connected the protected premises to the municipal circuits, and the alarm signal from the protected premises was transmitted to the fire department.  
If a community does not have a public fire reporting system, a building can’t have an auxiliary station fire alarm system. The number of auxiliary station fire alarm systems has decreased significantly because many municipalities and government facilities, such as military bases, have moved away from this technology. 

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