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      01-15-2008, 07:14 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dxb335d View Post
Yes we were fine, but what if no-one got up, what if we didnt realise. We could have been trapped. Two fire engines turned up very quickly as we were leaving. DTC did its best to stop the arse hanging out as we did leave

I think they neeed to look into the whole emergency situation procedure as theres is shocking.. and the fact the alarm didnt go off properly is bloody disgusting and scary.

G33 please do not tell me
Carlos .. don't panic about the alarm. Most large multi use buildings have a staged alarm and evacuation policy.

Ordinarily there are various alarm systems within individual business areas which are interfaced.

There is usually a 2 stage alarm process where the staff are alerted by a discrete alarm (possibly the beeping you heard) they then have a short period of time in which to investigate and if necessary evacuate.

In the case of a definite fire, where a break glass is activated or multiple detectors activate simultaneously the alarm automatically goes straight to stage 2 - full evacuation - and the fire brigade are called.

It sounds to me as if the alarm was in an adjacent part of the building, so the cinema was in 'pre alarm'.

A lot of public places have silent evacuation policies, with code words. It's a lot easier to evacuate 2000 people when there is no audible fire alarm or people running about shouting 'fire'.

If you like I'll tell you then end of I am legend. I watched it at home on Boxing Day.

If you really want I'll send you the DVD.