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ACA Allertor 125 Richardson, Texas
The Alerting Communicators of America Allertor 125 was probably the most
common ACA siren in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. This Allertor is still
in place in Richardson Texas as of late 2014. It has been disconnected
since Richardson put up a new system of American Signal sirens in
2002. Richardson had 2 Allertors as a part of their siren system that they
installed in the late 1970s. The City of Arlington Texas had a system of
Allertors that was replaced a few years ago as well.
Click on the thumbnails to see close-up photos of the Richardson Tx. Allertor 125.
Allertor Close-up Detail Photos.
Here are some close-up photos of the other Richardson Allertor that had already been removed. This siren was sitting at the Richardson Fire Training Facility for six years before it was sold at auction. It was in good condition except for the rotator mechanism (center top photo) which was damaged when the siren was removed. The Allertor uses a chain driven rotator that operates from a gear reduction drive coming off of the back of the siren motor. That's a yard stick in the top horn in the left top photo. ACA used fiberglass extensively in their sirens resulting in their unique appearance. The things really hold up well over the years. The old Civil Defense decal is still in fairly good shape too! Click on any thumbnail to see the larger photo.
ACA Hurricane 130 MK II Garland Texas
The city of Garland Texas installed a system of ACA sirens in the very late 1970s-1980ish. Like I mentioned above with the Allertor, I didn't know what the heck I was looking at the first time I saw a ACA Hurricane. I immediately noticed the similarity of design to the Federal Thunderbolt siren with Hurricane also using a blower with a rotating horn. Actually I didn't know that these were called Hurricanes until about 3 years ago. This siren was located at Garland fire station number 3 at the intersection of Jupiter and Bobbie. The Hurricane is a bit louder than the Federal Thunderbolt in that it's rated output is 130db at 100 feet where the Thunderbolt is 127db at 100 feet. The Hurricane uses a 30 horsepower blower motor as opposed to the Thunderbolt's 7.5 horsepower blower motor. I had never heard a Hurricane siren until I recorded this siren in 2002. See the siren main page for the recording. Garland removed all their Hurricanes and replaced them with electronic sirens.
Hurricane Close-up Detail Photos. Click any thumbnail for a larger photo.
I took these photos with my Fuji digital camera and the horn/rotator photos turned out far better than I thought they would. The Hurricane uses a small little rotator assembly enclosed in a fiberglass 2-part shell. The rotator has a small motor on the side that drives the horn with a chain. The horn turns at 2.5 rpm and the rotation speed is not adjustable. The Hurricane uses a vertical compact little blower unit as compared to the Federal Thunderbolt larger horizontal mounted blower unit. The blower is the larger yellow box on the pole. (Bottom left and center photos) You can see the 3 inch blower air pipe coming out of the back of the blower and going into the pole in the lower left photo. The blower cover is fiberglass too. All the Garland Hurricane installations were like this one in the photos. The number of boxes on the pole that accumulated over the years is pretty amazing. One of the boxes is even tied on with wire. I can't remember what the original installation looked like 30+ years ago but the original ACA control box is the other yellow box on the plate next to the blower.
ACA Screamer at the Lake Benbrook Dam
Civil Defense Museum photo contributor Cameron Taylor got these great photos of an old ACA Screamer located at the Lake Benbrook Dam near Fort Worth Tx. This Screamer is a single phase model because of the start capacitor bulge on the side on the siren motor. Cameron's photos are so sharp that the part of the motor data plate can be read in the full size photos. These photos have been reduced in size. I believe the Screamer is a 2Hp motor siren. This one still has a fairly intact original ACA swirling red arrow CD Emblem on the side. Click Photos To See Larger
ACA Alertronic - Denison, Texas
Took these pics in Denison, Texas back in 2002. I didn't even know what type of siren I was taking pictures of at the time. I found out later this is and ACA Alertronic siren. I belive the model number is RE-1600 and is possibly 1980s vintage.