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.

Doug October 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This is not news
Mad Local October 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
A very sensationalistic headline to make parents worry at first glance, and the actual story is a routine fire alarm. Very irresponsible. -and Doug is correct....this is not news
Sarah Page Kyrcz October 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Doug ~ Why not? There are hundreds of students matriculating at Polson and parents get alerts when something like this occurs. Do you not think parents need to know why there is an alert and how it is resolved? What is your definition of news?
Sarah Page Kyrcz October 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Mad Local, reread the piece, this was not a routine fire alarm. Routine fire alarms do not bring the fire department. This is news, see my comment above!
Matt October 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This has been happening at every school in the country since fire alarms were invented and it hasn't been news until today. It still isn't news. Flashback... When I was in 7th grade in the mid 90', they had just installed the new alarm system. For the first few months of school, we were outside 2-3 times per week with malfunctions and false alarms. Sometimes 2-3 times per day. Even that wasn't news. It was fun at first. Until it the first time it was pouring rain.
Steve October 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Pathetic, it's because if they didn't report every little thing that goes on in Madison they wouldn't have a job.... So if a kid craps his pants in school alert the news, it may even be the hop story!!!
Mad Local October 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sarah, FYI. the fire department goes to EVERY fire alarm at ALL of the schools.
Matt October 05, 2012 at 05:06 PM
When a fire alarm is activated in a school by anything other than pushing the "DRILL" button, the dispatch center is automatically notified electronically within a few seconds. The fire department is then dispatched immediately. The only thing that does not result in dispatch of the fire department is regularly scheduled drills. Accidental alarms and sensor malfunctions happen all the time. Dust and dirt in sensors, water leaks, a kickball hitting the sensor, some little punk pulling the alarm to not take a test, burnt popcorn in the lounge, etc. It IS perfectly routine for the school, the staff, the students, and the fire department. Always has been. The reason you may think this was an abnormal situation is because it is being reported in the news for some reason. It has always been happening, you just didn't know about it because it's routine.
Die Hard October 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Slow news day I guess. This is NOT NEWS! All of the schools have numerous false alarms every year. The breaking news headline was only used to scare parents and to have a catchy headline...why dont we yell fire in a movie theater while we are at it
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Anyone who took the time to read through the entire headline would be able to put the incident in perspective. Yes, the kids were all evacuated, but it was for a sensor that malfunctioned, not a real fire. Those of you who don't think this is news ... you are welcome to go read something else!
Kenny October 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You don't have to report every little thing that happens in this horrible town, oh listen I think I hear a bird that's stuck in a sewer drain.... Roll the presses!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
A bird is stuck in a sewer drain? That's horrible. Where?
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
But, this being Patch ... if any of you do have any serious suggestions for stories, I'm willing to listen ... slow news days (my favorite kind of days) or otherwise.
Matt October 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I'm just happy to see an article on patch that wasn't designed to start a political argument to drive up the hit counters.
Die Hard October 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Aren't you suppose to evacuate a building when the fire alarm goes off?
Die Hard October 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
The fire alarm happened around 730. Why is it still breaking news 7 hours later?
Die Hard October 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@sarah. Where in the story did it say this was not a routine fire alarm?
Joan October 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I agree that this is not news..some disabled child pulls an alarm- is that news?
Die Hard October 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The Fire Department responds to more faulty alarm equipment than "real fire alarms". So yes, this is your run of the mill alarm. If the alarm was set off because there was a real fire in the school, then yes that would be breaking news worthy
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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