Firefighters find false alarms more than annoying
Deploying firefighting resources to the site of false alarms—often caused by poor maintenance—consumes valuable time, fuel, and money.
The morning of Friday, Aug. 23, firefighters in Pottsville Pa., responded to two alarms. Both turned out to be false alarms—one accidentally set off by a maintenance crew fixing a mall’s sprinkler system, the other pulled by a child.
The city has seen a jump in false alarms over the past year, due to a number of reasons--malfunctions due to poor maintenance, construction debris, insects, and mischievous youngsters among them.
According to Pottsville Fire Chief Todd March, false alarms annoy the mostly volunteer fire staff, but it also eats up the department’s already limited fuel budget. Coupled with soaring gas prices, the false alarms could cause the department to exceed its annual fuel budget of $17,000—as of July 31, it’s already burned through more than $12,000.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey