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Forest Fire alarm – Glenbranter
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No: 3676   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 2017
Forest Fire alarm – Glenbranter

The alarm is courtesy of Ian Adams of Glenbranter Forest Office who has collected a considerable amount of old forestry tools.

This hand cranked rotary fire siren alarm held by Ian Adams on a little tripod stand must at one time have been the main call out mechanism for Glenbranter Forest village workers to a forest fire in the 1960s.

In the days before Post Office telephones were a common fixture in workers’ houses if the workers were at home in the evenings, night time or weekends and a fire callout was activated someone had to drive or run around and warn all the workers in a forest village. In some cases whistles, horn klaxons and in this case a very loud siren was used to alert the workers of the need to get ready and meet at a pickup point or office and then load onto vans or lorries and head for the site of the fire.

The PDF shows the maker’s name Merryweather in more detail.
Picture added on 08 May 2017 at 08:27
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