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Randolph upgrading school fire alarms

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education has approved upgrades to the fire alarm systems at nine schools.

The upgrades will be performed by Appalachian Signals & Products, Inc. of Winfield, which owns the software for the systems.

The total costs of the upgrades will be $39,310.30 and will be paid with maintenance funds, officials said.

The upgrades for Elkins High School and the Randolph Technical Center will cost a total of $7,102.25.

For each of the other seven schools, the cost of the upgrades will be $4,601.15 per each school, including Beverly Elementary, Coalton Elementary, Elkins Middle School, Midland Elementary, North Elementary, Pickens Elementary and Tygarts Valley Middle/High School.

“Appalachian Signals and Products, Inc. has installed several Faraday MPC 6000 and 7000 fire alarm panels throughout Randolph County with new construction panels and system change-outs over the years,” Adam McBrayer Jarrell of ASAP wrote to the Randolph County Schools maintenance department on Aug. 9.

“ASAP has performed the programming on the panels and currently holds the programs that are needed for a fire alarm system panel change,” the letter states. “Without these programs, the panels cannot be changed out in an efficient, cost effective and most importantly a safe manner.

“The Faraday MPC 6000/7000 fire alarm panels have been discontinued; so have the field devices,” Jarrell wrote. “The field devices are rather expensive due to their scarcity. Currently a standard 8710 smoke detector is approximately $800.

“With the upgraded fire alarm panels, the existing field devices can be utilized and as devices go bad, they can be changed to newer and cheaper devices.”

Jarrell wrote that Appalachian Signals & Products, Inc. will supply and install the equipment, and remove the existing fire alarm panels and install the new panels. ASAP will write a new program and test devices after installation.

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