Polson Middle School Evacuated Friday Morning; Fire Alarm Due To Faulty Sensor

"Students and staff responded very well."


Polson Middle School Principal Frank Henderson issued this statement Friday morning:

At approximately 7:25 am [Friday] morning we had to evacuate the building due to a fire alarm. The alarm was signaled due to a faulty sensor that was immediately replaced. Fire trucks came to Polson as part of normal procedure.  As usual our students and staff responded very well.

Sarah Page Kyrcz October 06, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I am responding to Die Hard and this is the last post I will make on this story. I know it was not routine because the article CLEARLY states it was due to a faulty sensor. I know it was not routine because the fire department responded. If it was a routine fire drill the Dept would not respond. Madison parents and gardians have smartphones that alert them to incidents such as this. I think it is a wonderful public service to have Madison Patch keeping the town informed. Minor as it may seem to some, I am sure it soothed some worried parent in town.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston October 06, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The fire department always does a great job. But we are all on the edge of our seats because you forgot some important facts... What color and brand was the sensor and how much did it cost to replace? Does insurance pay for the replacement or the tax payers? Was it electronic or the sprinkler head kind that shot water all over the students? How old was the sensor? When was the last time one malfunctioned? What is the percentage of alarms at each school? How many have been actual fires VS false alarms? Does the town fine the schools for false alarms like they do to home owners? The Patch has to report some activity in town since the P.D. is in neutral, not active in generating anything worthwhile.
Die Hard October 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The fire department responds to more faulty alarms due to equipment malfunction every day. This is routine. If a fire caused the alarm to go off, then that is not routine. The alarm would go off due to a faulty sensor; thus the fire department would respond. For example, dust gets into the detectors all the time and set them off. The detector cant tell if its dust or smoke. Therefore the alarm would go off but still is considered faulty..i would bet this might be a possible cause
Brian October 06, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Thanks for the update Pem. I must say its nice not having Chrisitan and Paula Grivalsky on here making rude and inappropriate comments!
Lou Lange October 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Being an alumnus of the former DHHS (now Polson Middle School), you were told when the fire alarm went off to leave the school and wait for further instructions. It IS news when a fire alarm goes off at what normally would be the start of a school day. It could have been anything from a problem with the alarm system to an accident in a classroom to a REAL FIRE somewhere in the school.


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