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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

School buildings undergoing fire alarm system upgrades


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Josh Blatchley, the school district's maintenance director, stands with the old fire alarm system control panel at the high school on June 28. The control panel and all its connected devices will be replaced with a new system that allows for more accurate, quicker reporting of a fire emergency.

Wrangell High School and Stikine Middle School are going through an alarming upgrade, quite literally.

Both buildings, including the high school gym and the Parks and Recreation's pool facility, are getting a new fire alarm system that will help pinpoint any smoke or fires, helping emergency responders act quicker.

Current fire codes dictated replacement of the old system, especially since the schools sometimes house visiting sports teams or other students and teaching staff, according to Josh Blatchley, the school district's director of maintenance.

"Once you start housing people overnight...

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