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CITY OF JOHNSTOWN: GAMEWELL ALARM ROOM
The alarm room now includes the Dauphin County Fire Dispatch Console that was in service during the nuclear incident at Three Mile Island in March of 1979. This now gives the PA National Fire Museum the capability to demonstrate the transmission of a fire alarm utilizing a replica " fire watch rattle" for the sounding of an alarm in the 1700’s; visitors can "pull the box" to transmit an alarm through the Gamewell Alarm System, dating from the late 1800’s through the 1980’s; finally using electronic equipment to transmit the "tones" for a fire alarm from the 1970’s to the present.
Follow the alarms from a rattle, the pings and bells of the street corner box alarm, to the tone dispatch of recent years.
This array of photographs gets its name by using the window frames from the former Royal Fire Co. No. 14. That building is now the headquarters of IAFF Local 428. This years display features the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. The faces and fires of the Department are showcased in the historic window sashes.