The fire alarm in my building (which sounds like an angry cricket) went off just a few minutes ago. The alarm console in the hall was flashing “basement zone,” so I went down there to check it out, but I didn’t see anything. And then the Boston FD showed up, no more than three minutes after the alarm went off. That’s an encouraging response time.
I had to let them in the building, because no one else was around (except some workmen in a ground floor apartment who apparently set it off). The guys I let in were carrying axes. I wonder if they would have chopped through the door if no one had opened it for them.