Putnam Fire Departments


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Back before cell phones and most probably before many had CB's or even phones, town's needed a way to alert the firemen who were for the most part volunteers  that a fire was raging and where to find it.  Palatka use a bell and siren combination.  The siren would blow, then the bell would be rung the number of the area of town the firemen should respond to.  It worked very well.  There was a map on the wall and we could count the number of bells. It was repeated several times so those who either didn't hear it the first time or didn't count correctly could make sure where to go.  I do not know how many years this method was used.  I was aware of it in the 1950's.

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