Water in sprinkler system triggers alarm
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Fire trucks were called to Chase County Schools Monday night when the fire alarm was triggered, immediately alerting the sheriff’s dispatcher, who summoned the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Chief Nick Schultz said the fire alarm panel in the school lobby indicated water flow in the sprinkler system, which immediately sets off the alarm.
After a thorough search found no water flowing, CCS maintenance head Kent Silvester reset the alarm and it held.
Schultz said the IVFD and Silvester determined the likely cause was related to a combination of events, including recent work on the school’s boiler system and water lines.
“That may have left an air pocket in one of the lines,” he said.
Also, it was a regular IVFD practice night, and the firefighters were conducting their annual hydrant testing in the area of the school.
Schultz said that may have also caused a momentary drop in water pressure sufficient enough to trigger the flow alarm.
The school had been evacuated before the IVFD arrived after the 7:30 p.m. call.