Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on April 7, 1977 · Page 6
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Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 6

Chicago, Illinois
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Thursday, April 7, 1977
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Pats'GCSIt K«immKl Nfwsp;iiH'rs. Wcdni-sday, April li, l»77 And the 'TwinSonic' too Everyone's a Kbjak with the 'Fireball' By GEORGE HAAS In small communities throughout the suburban area, the scene is familiar. A series of warning blasts from the local volunteer fire department signals an emergency. Within seconds, the whining siren is followed by the scurrying of cars, headlights flashing and blue lights rotating wildly as emergency teams race to the trouble site. The picture repeats itself every evening, with slight variations millions of television viewers tune in shows like Emergency, Ko- Jak and Police Woman to see and hear similar action- dramas. Most viewers are intrigued by the obvious similarity between the TV sequences and real life .rescue and police operations. But to employes of Federal Signal Corporation's Signal division in Blue Island, the scenes have a special meaning, One of them might have made Kojak's slap-on light - Most of the volunteer Sre departments in the area and all of the above-mentioned television shows are using equipment developed and manufactured at the Blue Island plant. The blue "Fireball" light slapped on the roof of Eo- jak's car, mounted bar of sirens and lights on the 'Emergency' fire truck and the siren that alerts firemen to local calamities are all products of the Signal division plant "You could say we manufacture the sights and sounds of protection," said Andrew Placet), director of ' marketing and promotion at the Blue Island facility. "Much of the audio-visual asafety equipment people come-in contact with every day originates at this plant," Placco continued. "The entire civil defense system in the area consists of our Thunderbolt warning sirens, and the buzzers and bells *hat signal classes for schoolchildren are essentially produced here also." With an annual payroll of more than six million dollars, Signal division employs some 455 people at the Blue Island plant alone. An international company, the corporation produces signal equipment for a number of foreign countries as well as supplying the U.S. Navy and police and Cre departments nationwide with audio-visual devices. Bob Kiel, inside salesman for the company's midwest district, said that the Signal division produces most of the light/sound systems for squad cars in the midwest "The city of Chicago is about the only police department in the area that doesn't use our TwinSonic systems," Kiel said, The TwinSonic model is easily recognized, Kiel said, by the construction of a solid plastic case housing 360- degree rotating lights on ei ther end of a chrome siren "This is the type of light seen on the top of television's Emergency fire truck as well as the police departments of Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood, Tialey Park and most of the other suburbs in the area." Kiel added. . Another device manufactured by Signal division that is not so easily seen by motorists, especially those traveling faster than the legal speed limit, is Vascar. Known as the Federal Vascar speed timing device, it allows a speeder to be clocked from the opposite FENCING SALE Need fencing? 50% off.* Wards chain link fabric in a range of heights, qualities. I'rotn-t \our children, pets and *ard white enhancing the brauti and *alup of \our property. Ward- chain link fencing ic'dural))?. nerd* lit- ili' mainrcnanrr. *5ate price applies only *»u lm po*l;. gato. topiMil and-fillings 411! red for a complete residential fence at regular li re- FREE ESTIMATE COUPON Mail or bring in coupon to your nearest Wards store for a free fencing estimate. City _ State ^ ItlWMMll. Phone number Fixing up? See us. USE WARDS CHARG-AU CREDIT EVERGREEN PLAZA 95th Western Call 422-1500 FORD CITY Cicero and 76th Street Call direction, from in from, as well as from the rear or while crossing at an intersection, while the patrol car is parked or in motion. Kiel also said Signal division produces radio equipment used by volunteer Ore departments. "The Voice Command radio is basically a monitoring device that alerts firemen when an emergency call comes in. The instrument is a one-way unit that alerts the listener with a tone signal then transmits the needed information," Kiel said. "A smaller model that can be carried with the individual fireman permits more freedom. In the event of an emergency, this unit emits a tone signal only, but the signal is selective in that it alerts only those in the area designated to receive the alarm," he added. "This is so a fireman in Oak Forest doesn't hear a call from Orland Park. I believe Ttoley Park firemen use some of our paging equipment 1 ' Kiel emphasized that the corporation is not open to average consumers for bus- mess "We usually sell our equipment through police and Ore department brokers," he said. "We do not sell our systems to anyone that comes in off of the street- Kiel said customers frequently come in seeking to buy equipment for their personal use "We had one guy come in to buy one of our Twin- Sonics. He wanted to hook it up to his stereo, but we had to decline his offer." he added wijh a laugh "I must admit that police cars aren't the only machinery to wind up with our equipment. In some places in Las Vegas TwinSonics are hooked up to tne slot machines and screech outrageously every time someone hits a winner."" While local police and fire departments use Signal division equipment every day, the most noticeable, Kiel admits, is Kojak's slap on light the Fireball. "Kojak will have one of our new Super Fireball models this fall. The new unit has twice the brightness without twice as much amperage drain on *he car. The light draws current from the cigaret lighter," he added. "Another improvement is a stronger magnet. The need for this was manifested by undercover squad ears." "Nowadays, narcotics agents and other undercover police groups want to appear as inconspicuous as possible. So it is not unusual for a squad to have a vinyl top or one of the Landau cloth roofs, making a stronger magnet a needed improvement." "The whole idea of light/sound systems for police and fire protection is to make them more easily recognizable/- 1 he concluded. "Police and fire vehicles are moving with greater speed all the time and the response time for motorists- to instantly recognize them has increased'also through constant improvements in design and technology." Bennie Alex in Marines Marine Pic. Bennie A. Alex, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Alex, 1319 W. 78th st., has reported for duty with the first medical battalion, Camp Pendleton, Cal He joined the Marine corps in June, 1976. McGann, colleges share parade float Andrew J, McGaan, 18th ward aldermanic candidate, are representatives from each of the nine colleges. Mo ~ Gann is one of six candidates In (he April 19 aWermaaic shared a float with the City Colleges of Chicago in ihe Si. Patrick's Day parade down State st With McGann, vice chairman, of the board of trustees at City Colleges, Rev. Campbell to preach on Easter An Easter service has been planned for Morgan Park Congregational church. at 11 ajn. Sunday. The Rev. Donald J. Campbell, pastor, will bring the Easter message, titled "The Garden." The choir, under direction of Irene Heed Hess, has prepared music appropriate to the day, and Mrs. Hess, soprano, will be heard in a solo. Mrs. Clare Madsen, organist, will offer Easter selections. As is the custom at East- ertime, the sanctuary will be decked with spring flow* ers. Easter lillies, tulips and hyacinths in pastel hues, will make a colorful display on the chancel of the sanctuary and will add to the service. In preparation for Easter, a Mundy Thursday service will be held at 7 pjn. tomorrow. The Hev. Mr. Campbell will give a ditation, which will be followed by "open communion." The choir and soloists wili take part in the service. election. A SATURDAY MORNING 'QUICKIE' BINGO PERSONALITY LODGE 6649 W. ARCHER $75 A GAME $100 EVERY 3RD GAME S500 COVER - ALL ALL CARDS 50C GAMES START 10:15 - DOORS OPEN 9'00 A.M. Bring in this, Ad for FREE Coffee 4 Curd Wieboldt's VFW Blood drawing set :~for;April 13 A 3rd district Veterans of 7756 S. HARLEM BRIDCEV1EW, IL 5W-S2Z2 FORD CITY Foreign Wars blood bank drawing wilt" be held next Wednesday, at Rhine post 2729, 5858 S. Archer ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. It is requested that donors do not eat any food at least four hours before giving blood. Persons interested in do- natingyare asked to contact the following chairmen, Walter Prokey, 3223 S. Luna ave., RE-5-6274; or Stephanie ffaehowicz, 5216 S Nagle. 586-5629; 'or call the post at 284-9025.* Refreshments will be served to donors. OLD STYLE BEER Caw Or 34 12 Oi. 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