TOPEKA (KSNT) – Some local fire stations are getting a 15 million dollar upgrade. It will help reaction time to calls and help with stress levels.
That upgrade comes in the form of new radio and alarm systems for 12 Topeka and five rural fire stations.
While the radio will allow for more reliable communication, the new alarms are designed to minimize stress from the alarms.
One firefighter describes the current alarms as a ‘startling jolt’ in the middle of the night. The newer system will be softer, and less alarming at first. It will gradually get louder as the alarm continues.
The new system also has different alarms for different types of calls. Firefighters will know immediately what truck to use and what situation they’ll face.
All 17 stations hope to have their systems installed and useable by the end of September.