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NIH Marks National Police Week with Luncheon, Exhibits

Photos by Ernie Branson

NIH Police Awareness Day on May 12 marked National Police Week on campus, and included the traditional luncheon put on by members of the NIH Police. This year's fare included Cajun fried catfish and all the trimmings, as well as exhibits by the Police Branch, Emergency Management Branch, Crime Prevention Branch, Employee Transportation Services Office and Ridefinders Program. Those who bought lunches also earned raffle tickets good for such items as tickets to minor league baseball games, R&W gift certificates and video rentals, movie tickets and restaurant gift certificates.

Above, Gail Becker, a crime prevention specialist, hands out flyers and visors to visitors. At right is Thunder, a trained canine from Montgomery County's search and rescue team. Manning a fire safety exhibit below are J.P. McCabe (l), chief of the fire prevention section and his colleague Paul Davis. Members of the Montgomery County and Rockville City police forces were also on hand, as was the NIH Police mobile command center. NIH's search dog Daisy also simulated a hunt for a bomb. The NIH Federal Credit Union sponsored the annual event, and also had an exhibit on the patio of Bldg. 31A.

CC Gets New Fire Alarm System

Fire safety recently improved at the Clinical Center with the installation of a new alarm system. The new system underwent 3 years of extensive testing by the fire prevention section of Division of Public Safety's Emergency Management Branch, according to J.P. McCabe, FPS chief. "We tested more than 4,000 devices such as smoke detectors, manual pull stations, sprinkler system water flow switches, audiovisual alarms and overhead speakers."

Unlike the previous setup, the new system can perform three important functions simultaneously: It automatically, verbally instructs occupants on what to do in a fire emergency, tells the NIH Fire Department the exact location of the alarm and the type of device that activated the alarm, and permits orderly evacuation of only those zones that are affected. The system can be activated by manual pull stations, smoke detectors and sprinkler system water flow switches and is electronically monitored to ensure that all of its components are working properly. The system cannot be tampered with or disabled at any time without a trouble signal being sent to the NIH Fire Department.

For details about the new system, call the fire prevention section at 496-0487.

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