A copperfield fire alarm system that alerts residents when they need to evacuate due to a fire is no longer available to the public, but the system is still widely used.
“It’s been around for quite a while,” said James Bensley, an electrician with the New Zealand Fire Service.
“A couple of years ago it was a big deal, and now people have probably forgotten about it.”
“I’ve been trying to keep it in stock, but it’s not a very popular item to get, so it’s very hard to get,” he said.
Bensley said he was trying to get an emergency alarm system, but had not been able to secure one.
The fire alarm is located above a home, and the system automatically switches to a red light to alert residents to a serious fire.
It was the same type of system installed in Copperfield, a rural community near Auckland, that was sold by the company that makes the chimney fire alarm.
At the time, the system was used to alert people of severe bushfire danger, but not emergency services.
However, in the last few months, it has become popular with homeowners.
A Fire Service spokesman said it was not unusual for residents to use the alarm system to call for assistance from the emergency services or to warn other residents of impending bushfire.
There was also a warning that the fire was about to occur and it was important to call fire services to get assistance, he said, adding that the system had not failed to work recently.
On the other hand, the spokesman said that the Fire Service was not aware of any incidents where the alarm was turned off.
Emergency services often need fire alarm systems to call out for assistance or warn other people about an impending fire, the Fire Services spokesman said.
He said that when people need emergency services to assist them, the systems were usually activated automatically and a warning to the caller is sent out through the system.
He said a fire alarm alarm system was typically installed as a way of getting people to evacuate from a fire before the flames spread.
He had never seen the alarm turned off, he added.
One fire service spokesman said the alarm had not previously been in the public domain.
Fire services were not aware that people had used the alarm to warn others about impending bushfires, he noted.
Mr Bensleley said that he had not received any complaints about the fire alarm being turned off and he did not know what the status of the system, or how many residents had used it.
‘We’re not the only ones using it’ Mr Smith said he had used fire alarm alarms in his home since the 1980s and was not surprised to see that people were using them.
“(It was) a bit of a novelty, and I don’t think it was really used widely, but people did use it,” he added, adding he had had a number of residents who used the system at home.
According to the Fire and Emergency Services Agency, more than 300,000 people had been exposed to fire alarms in the New England region between 2001 and 2014.
About 1.3 million people had to evacuate the area due to bushfires in New Zealand during that period, the agency said.
Mr Smith and his family had not seen the system used by residents in New England, but he said he would have to look at what the current system was to be sure.
”I would have a look at that.
I think it’s something that we’re not used to, but I’m not sure if it’s the right system,” he replied.
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