Camden Courier-Post – February 3, 1967
Direct Tie Could Be Life-Death Difference
If firemen get to a school fire even one minute sooner, it could mean the difference between life and death.
So say Michael Spina, chief of the city’s Electrical Bureau and Anthony Gonski, Camden Board of Education business manager.
This week direct fire alarm links were established between 10 city schools and Camden’s fire board.
Had Private Alarm
Until recently alarm systems in all the city’s 31 schools were hooked into a private fire alarm company. If an alarm were received, the company would have to transmit it to the city fire department, Spina explained.
Direct links to the fire board eliminate alarm relay time, Spina said.
Gonski said he hopes there will be similar links in every city school by next September.
The new fire detection system will cost a total of about half a million dollars, Gonski said. He said that cost would be financed from state aid from the sales tax, budgeted for the current school year.
A September, 1963, state regulation makes the installation mandatory, Gonski explained. He said the board has been paying about $4,500 a year for the private company’s service.
On hand for a test of the alarm system at Cooper’s Poynt yesterday were Spina, Camden Fire Chief Edward V. Michalak, school board president J. Maxwell Griffin Schools superintendent Dr. Anthony R. Catrambone, Gonski, board purchasing agent Walter Rand, and board engineer John Knecht.