Thursday, January 25, 2007

FDNY emergency call box

The Fire Department of New York has about 10,000 emergency call boxes (known officially as the ERS - Emergency Response System) throughout all five boroughs of New York City. While it's true that most incidents are phoned in (especially these days with the dominance of cellphones), these call boxes, which can be found on many street corners, still get a lot of use.

Sadly, many false alarms originate from these call boxes, for by the time the fire engines show up in response, a prankster will have already moved a safe distance away to have a good laugh at the FDNY's expense.

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