National Night Out 2019-08-06 007
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Firehouses to get new emergency wake-up calls

For firefighters working an overnight shift, it’s a jarring experience – and one with potential health hazards – to be wakened for an emergency call.

“When that alarm goes off at 3 a.m., you wake up and jump a foot into the air,” said Flossmoor Assistant Fire Chief Keith Damm.

Most area firefighters work 24-hour shifts and sleep at the station during the nighttime and early morning hours. And they are awakened by loud alarms when fire or ambulance calls are reported.

Thanks to a federal grant, new automated alarm systems are . . .

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