Requests for an Inspector Sands were heard over the Tannoy in Paddington station just now. Happily it happened just as my train was leaving.
The Inspector Sands message exists so that we can get staff prepared to carry out certain safety related activities but without causing unnecessary alarm for customers – therefore it would fundamentally undermine its risk control purpose to disclose the detail of our policies on the use of the message and would cause potential panic and undue concern.
I thought it was common knowledge, but evidently not which is fair enough. Heard it loads of time at Manchester Piccadilly. Usually wise to keep an eye on the staff - if they look shifty and nervous, get out of the station.About time they changed that. Is there anyone left who doesn't know what it means?
Apparently so. We have a 2 tone fire alarm. The first warning is a female voice, she says something is happening prepare to evacuate. The get out now voice is male. Apparently we take instruction better from a man. I don't know what evidence there is for that but that's the explanation security gave me.One thing that I've always found interesting is that the Inspector Sands announcement seems always to be in a male voice, and much louder than the normal PA. The reason for the loudness is obvious, but I wonder if the choice of a male voice is due to psychology of how male/female voices are perceived?
Buckets full of sand and stubbed out fags.I only found out the other day that BTP nicked thus from the west end. Apparently theatres used to announce fires by the SM asking Mr Sands to go to the location as they used to have fire buckets full of sand rather than water.
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