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Electric Fire Alarm System
Society: IEEEMain Category: ElectricEra: 1850-1859DateCreated: 1852Boston Fire Department officeBostonState: MAZip: 02115Country: USAWebsite: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Electric_Fire_Alarm_System,_1852Creator: Channing, William, Farmer, Moses

On 28 April 1852 the first municipal electric fire alarm system using call boxes with automatic signaling to indicate the location of a fire was placed into operation in Boston. Invented by William Channing and Moses Farmer, this system was highly successful in reducing property loss and deaths due to fire and was subsequently adopted throughout the United States and in Canada.

YearAdded:
2004
Image Caption: Channing's fire-alarm system at Boston's City Hall in 1852Era_date_from: 1852
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