By Daniel Garrido, Staff Writer
Verbum Dei High School is replacing its outdated, decades-old fire alarms. The newly updated fire alarms are equipped with smoke detectors and new alarms. This project was assigned to Jeff Bonino-Britsch, Vice President of Operations, and the upgrade project was called “Code project,” as the preexisting fire alarm system was no longer up to city code.
The fire alarm systems are being installed in every classroom, the gym, and the Multi-Purpose Room. The new fire alarms are currently still being set up, but they will be up and running by the beginning of November. Initially, the updated fire alarms were supposed to be operational in late August, but according to Bonino-Britsch pricing concerns and vendors made updated fire alarm installation lag. The new, updated fire alarms are expected to bring the Verbum Dei High School community an enhanced feeling of safety.
“I did not know that the fire alarms were not up to code,” said senior Brian Cisneros. Every student of Verb didn’t realize that these vintage walls also contained outdated fire alarms. “The updated fire alarms will bring another layer of safety to the Verbum Dei High School campus,” Cisneros conceded.
In the days leading up to November, the campus will witness many people coming in and out of Verb, and it will not the students leaving but the technicians who are setting up the fire alarms system.
The downside to this installation affects Fr. Stephen Privett, SJ, President of VDHS. He will be withstanding the loud alarms sounding in his office, as everything links up near his office in the Administration Building.
The updated fire alarm system is not the only thing that is under renovation. There will be be renovations to other things including new safety systems and fresh paint in affected areas.